Not guilty of sex assault
Peterborough real estate agent Alket Kulla has been found not guilty of sexual assault.
The decision was read in Peterborough court Wednesday afternoon, after in had been postponed from July.
City police charged the real estate agent in March 2017 after a woman alleged she was sexually assaulted in February of last year.
Over three days in April, assistant Crown Attorney Lisa Wannamaker called five witnesses, including two of the complainant’s friends, a forensic scientist in the toxicology department at the Centre of Forensic Sciences, and a Peterborough Regional Health Centre nurse. Defence lawyer Dave McFadden called no evidence.
The woman, who can’t be named under a publication ban, testified that she and a friend went out for girls’ night and ended up at The Junction, where they met a mutual friend and Kulla.
The woman said the four of them ended up back at her business where she woke up in the early morning hours of Feb. 20, 2017, on the floor with her pants and underwear around her knees. The court heard how the woman felt she had been drugged and sexually assaulted by Kulla, leading her to go to the Peterborough Regional Health Centre that night. The following day, a friend called city police on the woman’s behalf, and an investigation started.
Kulla’s lawyer argued this was a case where the woman regretted her bad decision, and worked herself into a frenzy and paranoia as she tried to piece together the night and morning in question.
Kulla’s lawyer stated that Kulla stopped any sexual activity when the woman asked him to.