Mentally disabled witness’s right to testify affirmed

CBC News

The Supreme Court of Canada has ordered a new trial in a sexual assault case involving a mentally disabled witness, and has given her the right to testify in court.

The case from Ontario involves a then 19-year-old disabled woman who was allegedly assaulted by a man living with her mother.

The woman, whose identity is protected by a publication ban, was determined to have the mental capabilities of a child three to six years old.

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