Not guilty of sex as­sault

The Peterborough Examiner - - Local - TODD VANDONK

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.

Alket Kulla

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