No verdict yet in Doug Snelgrove sexual assault trial, as jury adjourns for day
Issue of consent key in reaching verdict, Justice Valerie Marshall tells jurors
A jury deliberating the fate of a police officer charged with sexual assault has finished its first day of deliberations without reaching a decision.
The jury in Carl Douglas Snelgrove's trial will continue its work on Friday. It started Thursday afternoon.
Snelgrove, a 10-year veteran of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, is waiting for the verdict on charges he sexually assaulted a woman after driving her home in a police cruiser. He was on duty at the time.
The court case against the officer was handed over to the jury for deliberations after instructions from Justice Valerie Marshall Thursday morning.
Jurors asked Marshall for clarification on a number of points Thursday.
The jury asked for a list of peer-reviewed papers that were published by an expert on alcohol-induced blackouts who testified at trial, and a dictionary.
Justice Marshall told them they couldn't have either. That the verdict has to be passed on what they heard at trial. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/cbcnl?src=hash">#cbcnl</a> <a href="https://t.co/fk636HUFBn">pic.twitter.com/fk636HUFBn</a>—@glenn_payette
After both requests were denied, they asked for the definition of the word "adduced."
Marshall told them it means "to offer or put forward for consideration" <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/cbcnl?src=hash">#cbcnl</a> <a href="https://t.co/JAsGcTpdz5">pic.twitter.com/JAsGcTpdz5</a>—@glenn_payette
The trial, which has been ongoing for the last two weeks, has centred on whether the complainant consented to sex after Snelgrove, 38, drove her home in a police cruiser and helped her get into her basement apartment in December 2014.
During her instructions to the jury prior to deliberations, Marshall emphasized that Snelgrove can only be found guilty if he used force that was sexual in nature without her consent.
She said Snelgrove has admitted that since there was sex with the woman, the jury will need to decide whether she consented or not, or was in a position to give consent, and whether the RNC officer knew she didn't or couldn't consent.
Marshall, on consent, says that the complainant said she doesn't know if she consented. Can't recall because had been drinking. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/cbcnl?src=hash">#cbcnl</a> <a href="https://t.co/dG3ZjGaoNV">pic.twitter.com/dG3ZjGaoNV</a>—@glenn_payette
The complainant, who was 21 at the time of the alleged assault, has testified she was drinking before and after going downtown, and can't remember agreeing to sex.
Snelgrove testified the woman invited him in and initiated sex.
Marshall said the Crown must show that the woman didn't consent or that she was so drunk that she could not consent.
With files from Glenn Payette