The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary officer who headlines our CONSENT app is appealing a top-court decision in Newfoundland and Labrador to the highest court in the country, to prevent a retrial on a charge of sexual assault.
Last year, a jury acquitted Carl Douglas Snelgrove. The Crown appealed the verdict. In a 2-1 decision issued last month, the Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal found that the trial judge erred in law in her instructions to the jury. The appeal court ordered a new trial. But Snelgrove has now filed a notice of appeal with the Supreme Court of Canada, seeking to overturn that decision.
Widespread protests greeted Snelgrove's acquittal in the original 2017 trial .
You can listen to that controversial trial with our app. CONSENT places verbatim trial testimonies in a narrative framework to present the events behind the court case, and to explore wider issues of sexual assault. You can also hear the Crown and Defense summations to the jury, legal expert commentary, and find links to information about sexual assault and the law in Canada.