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.

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