Moazzam Tariq of Brampton, who was filmed plying a woman with alcohol at a club just over a year ago, has been found guilty of sexual assault.
Tariq, 29, was charged two weeks after his encounter with the woman in the early morning hours of July 18, 2015. The complainant reported to police that she had no memory of consenting to sex during an encounter at the Thompson Hotel after an evening at the Everleigh nightclub .
In handing down the decision in court Friday, Judge Mara Greene said that the complainant, who was 25 years old at the time, “did not have the capacity to consent and therefore did not consent.”
Legal experts noted that the introduction of video evidence, nearly half an hour’s worth, to show that a complainant could not legally consent to sex was rare. But they also expect it to happen more, particularly in cases when alcohol or other factors might affect a witness’s reliability.
“It can be very powerful and very corroborative evidence, depending on what it shows and what inferences can be drawn,” Ottawa criminal lawyer Michael Spratt told CBC News.
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