R. v. J.F. 2020 St. Catharines SCJ

Charges: Multiple sex trafficking of a minor offences.

Result: Client was charged with sex trafficking his under-18 year old girlfriend. At trial, the girlfriend denied the allegations so the Crown sought to rely on her police statement to prove our client’s guilt. However after a rigorous cross-examination of the officers and the girlfriend, Counsel Paula Seymour demonstrated the police forced her to lie and had the girlfriend’s statement excluded. Without the statement, the Crown had no evidence and the charges were dismissed. The client walked away free avoiding a lengthy penitentiary sentence.

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