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Date for decision in P.E.I. sexual assault trial moved to Jan. 28


Leo Arnold Dowling will be back in court next month to hear Justice Nancy Key's decision

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - A 62-year-old Island man facing 17 charges related to alleged sex offences must wait one month longer than first scheduled to learn his fate.

Leo Arnold Dowling was initially slated to appear this morning in P.E.I. Supreme Court before Justice Nancy Key to hear her decision, but the date has been moved to Jan. 28.

Dowling is charged with offences that include allegations of social interference, indecent assault, sexual assault and invitation to sexual touching.

During the trial, the court heard testimony about Dowling that included allegations of him putting his hand inside a complainant’s shirt to touch her chest, swinging one of them around while he touched her chest and touching a victim’s vagina through her clothing.

He denied the allegations.

During her submissions in November, Crown attorney Valerie Moore said the complainants’ evidence was compelling, detailed and consistent. None of the evidence in the case raises reasonable doubt, she said.

Defence lawyer Scott Barry said in his submissions that the evidence of each complainant needs to be able to stand up on its own when it comes to the burden of proof.

In criminal cases, the Crown must prove the offence beyond a reasonable doubt. Barry said the Crown failed to do so.

The evidence in the case involved events alleged to have happened more than 20 years ago, and Barry said there was bound to be uncertainty in some witness recollections.

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