Can a drunk consent? Ex-cabbie back in court
The retrial of a former Halifax taxi driver accused of sexually assaulting a woman in his cab begins in provincial court this week.
It takes place nearly two years after the original judge made national headlines with his “Clearly, a drunk can consent” comment and a year after the acquittal was overturned.
Bassam Al-rawi is set to appear in Halifax provincial court on Monday for the start of a five-day trial that will deal with allegations he sexually assaulted a female passenger in his cab in the early hours of May 23, 2015.
The timeline of events leading to this week began with Al-rawi’s original two-day trial in early February 2017, before Judge Gregory Lenehan in Halifax provincial court.
Lenehan handed down a not-guilty verdict in the case on March 1, 2017.
The acquittal gained national attention, also resulting in a protest in downtown Halifax on March 7, 2017, in front of Halifax City Hall.
The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal overturned Lenehan’s acquittal in a unanimous decision released on Jan. 31, 2018, and ordered a new trial.
Bassam Al-rawi at court on Feb.9, 2017. The retrial of the former taxi driver accused of sexually assaulting his female passenger begins Monday.