Defence questions memory, motivation of priest's alleged sex abuse victims
The defence lawyer for a priest facing dozens of sex abuse charges involving Inuit children is questioning the memory and motivation of the complainants.
Eric Dejaeger faces 68 charges related to the sexual abuse of children in Igloolik three decades ago. Yesterday, he pleaded guilty to eight counts of indecent assault.
This morning, Dejaeger’s defense lawyer Malcolm Kempt cross-examined a 43-year-old woman who says the accused taped her face-down by her wrists and feet to a bed frame and violated her when she was a little girl.
Kempt asked the witness what Dejaeger was wearing at the time and requested she outline specific events around the attack. He also queried her about a $16,000 out-of-court settlement she got from the Catholic Church.
Kempt has said the memory and credibility of alleged victims about events 30 years ago are key to Dejaeger's defence.
Court has adjourned due to a raging blizzard in Iqaluit that has shut almost everything in the Nunavut capital. The hospital, schools and government offices are closed and taxis and snowplows are off the roads.
Three more complainants are expected to testify tomorrow.
With files from Canadian Press.
With files from The Canadian Press