Question of consent surfaces at Saskatchewan sexual assault trial

REGINA — Closing arguments have been heard in the trial of a Saskatchewan man accused of sexually assaulting a woman he had met through an online dating site.

Gioulian Nikdima, who is 49, is alleged to have assaulted the woman after the two left a Regina restaurant to go for a walk in a rural area on the city's outskirts in March 2016.

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The defence told Queen's Bench Justice Fred Kovach on Monday that the alleged victim did not explicitly say she did not want to engage sexually with Nikdima, and that she initiated intercourse through explicit language that made the act consensual.

The defence also cited Nikdima’s struggles with English as a second language as the reason for his inconsistent statements during two police interviews.

The Crown says the woman never said yes and that she felt she could not get away from Nikdima, fearing further harm would come to her if she tried to stop him.

Kovach is expected to return a verdict on Sept. 5. (CTV Regina)

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