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Jurors in Hoggard trial review more testimony, continue deliberating

Defence counsel Megan Savard questions Jacob Hoggard at his sex assault trial in Toronto, Tuesday, May 24, 2022 as his wife Rebekah Asselstine, left, and Justice Gillian Roberts, top left, look on in this artist’s sketch. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Alexandra Newbould

TORONTO — Jurors in the sexual assault trial of Canadian musician Jacob Hoggard reviewed more testimony Saturday as deliberations continued for a fifth day.

The jury has twice told the court it cannot reach a unanimous verdict on "some" of the counts in the case, but the judge has asked them to keep trying.

On Friday evening, jurors asked the court to replay the testimony given by Hoggard and the second complainant regarding their encounter on Nov. 22, 2016.

They continued listening to it Saturday and also requested to hear part of the first complainant's testimony. They are expected to continue listening to that recording Sunday.

Hoggard, the frontman for the band Hedley, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of sexual assault causing bodily harm and one of sexual interference, a charge that refers to the sexual touching of someone under 16.

Prosecutors allege Hoggard violently and repeatedly raped a teenage fan and a young Ottawa woman in the fall of 2016, and that he groped the teen after a Hedley show in the spring of 2016, when she was 15.

The defence argues Hoggard never touched the teen sexually before she turned 16, and that his sexual encounters with both complainants were consensual.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 4, 2022.

The Canadian Press

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