Can a drunk con­sent? Ex-cab­bie back in court

StarMetro Halifax - - HALIFAX - HA­LEY RYAN Read about a case that gained wide at­ten­tion at thes­tar.com

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.

STARMETRO FILE PHOTO

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.

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