APPEALS - Grounds - Unreasonable verdict

Law360 Canada (June 23, 2022, 5:29 AM EDT) -- Appeal by Bempong from a judgment convicting him of two counts of sexual interference and acquitting him of one count of sexual assault. Bempong argued that the jury’s verdicts were inconsistent and therefore unreasonable. The complainant, who was 15 years old at the time of the offences, and Bempong were previously known to each other. The complainant alleged they agreed to meet for Bempong to buy the iPod she was selling. The complainant alleged Bempong drove her to the underground parking garage of his residence and asked for oral sex inside his car. She further claimed she was then led to a stairwell where Bempong made sexual contact with her. Bempong denied having sexual contact with the complainant. Bempong argued the verdicts on Count 1 and 2 were inconsistent because the two counts arose from the same sexual touching alleged to have taken place in the car. He argued the Crown could not address legal error leading to apparently inconsistent verdicts unless it appealed the acquittal....
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