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man acquitted of bestiality
COUNTY — A Lunenburg County man was acquitted of a string of domestic abuse charges December 19, including accusations of sexual assault and bestiality.
But as the man’s supporters began to cheer in a Bridgewater courtroom, Supreme Court Justice Richard Coughlan ordered them to be quiet saying acquittal and innocence are not the same thing.
“This is a court of law and people are found not guilty. People are not found innocent of anything. They are found not guilty of the offences as charged,” he said.
The 39-year-old man had been in custody since early this year.
His 18-day trial began in May and stretched on a few days at a time, finally ending with last week’s decision.
He was charged with committing bestiality with a German shepherd and two counts of compelling his former girlfriend to commit bestiality with the same dog.
He was also accused of sexually assaulting her, twice assaulting her with a knife, and threatening to kill her, her father and his ex-wife.
All of the charges alleged dates between January 2008 and August 2010.
There is a publication ban on anything which might identify the woman, which includes the man’s name.
Handing down his decision last week, Justice Coughlan said issues with the woman’s testimony made it impossible to convict her former partner.
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