Complainant shows up in the middle of sex assault trial

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Terry Hunt’s trial postponed until late April

It seems the Crown’s main witness in a trial for a man accused of sexually assaulting his girlfriend may take the stand after all.

After months of being on the missing list, the complainant showed up at Newfoundland Supreme Court in St. John’s Monday when the trial of Terry Hunt was called.

The woman was a no-show on the opening day Thursday. Crown prosecutor Jeff Summers had told Justice Robert Hall that he has been unable to locate her.

He had mentioned filing an application to have her testimony from the preliminary inquiry last spring entered into evidence.

However, that issue was settled when she showed up.

After the judge spoke to the woman, stressing the importance of having her testify, it was decided to postpone proceedings until April 25 to allow time to prepare.

Hunt — who is not in custody — faces charges of sexual assault, assault and forcible confinement.

He was charged as a result of an incident that was said to have happened on June 17, 2012.

The woman reported to police that Hunt had assaulted her. A police officer said one side of the woman’s face was red. She said the woman was also wearing clothes that were not hers since she left the house wearing a towel.

rgillingham@thetelegram.com

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