Man is found NOT guilty of raping his wife as court rules he genuinely believed he could have sex with her whenever he wanted
A man has been cleared of raping his wife after a judge ruled that he did not know his behaviour was criminal in Canada.
Ontario Superior Court Justice Robert Smith said prosecutors had failed to establish that the man knew it was against the law to have sex with his wife without her consent.
Justice Smith explained: ‘I find that the accused probably had sex with his wife on many occasions without her specific consent, as both he and she believed that he had the right to do so.’
The case related to an alleged assault in 2002, when the Palestinian woman – who became the man’s wife in an arranged marriage in Gaza – claimed he pulled her pants down and had sex with her despite her asking him three times to stop.
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