Supreme Court to hear questions in case of woman’s death after rough sex
The case surrounding the death of Cindy Gladue could set a precedent for Canada’s sexual assault laws. OTTAWA—The case of an Ontario trucker acquitted in the death of an Alberta woman referred to at trial as a “native” and a “prostitute” is to go before the Supreme Court this week in what could set a precedent in Canada’s sexual assault laws.
Bradley Barton says Cindy Gladue died after a night of consensual, rough sex in an Edmonton motel in June 2011.
Her body was found in the bathtub after Barton called 911. She had an 11-centimetre cut in her vagina and had bled to death.
A jury found Barton not guilty of first-degree murder and manslaughter. The Crown appealed following nationwide protests and the Alberta Court of Appeal ordered a new trial.
The Appeal Court ruled serious errors were made in the original trial.