Client Acquitted of Domestic Assault Charges

This was a domestic case between a husband and wife whose religious marriage lasted only a few months.  After the divorce the complainant alleged that Mr. K had assaulted her numerous times throughout the relationship, sexually assaulted her and threatened to kill her son from a previous marriage.  On first reading of the disclosure, Ms. Bristow saw all sorts of red flags with the complainant’s statement.  For starters, she wrote a 23-page expose on Mr. K which clearly took a lot of time to put together.  It looked more like a university project than a statement.  It included details of the allegations, but more so it included details about all of the phone numbers Mr. K had ever called her from, his social insurance number and other personal information.  In addition to the 23 pages, she included Mr. K’s driving record, print outs from websites of organizations he participated in and a photocopy of his driver’s license which she admittedly stole out of his wallet to copy. 

On the witness stand, the complainant’s evidence was all over the place.  She was inconsistent, self-serving, evasive and exaggerated.  The complainant’s son also testified, however, even his evidence seemed rehearsed and exaggerated and to Ms. Bristow it seemed clear that his mother told him some things to say.  Next, it was the defence’s turn to call a case.  Ms. Bristow spent many hours preparing Mr. K to testify and give his evidence in a clear and concise way.  After a multi-day trial, the Court returned a verdict of not guilty on all counts.  Mr. K was excited to finally move on with his life and have his record free from criminal convictions. 

Lisa Bristow can be contacted at (416) 598-5741 or Bristow@criminaltriallawyers.ca

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