HALIFAX — A Nova Scotia woman who alleged she was gang raped by British sailors is suing the U.K. government, arguing it should pay damages for harm she suffered in the incident.
Four men were originally charged with sexual assault causing bodily harm and participating in a group sexual assault in barracks at 12 Wing Shearwater on April 10, 2015.
The sailors were visiting Halifax for a hockey tournament at the time of the alleged assault.
The woman’s lawyer, Michael Dull, said in an interview that part of the motivation for the lawsuit is that the woman is upset the British government has fully funded the defence of its four employees.
Charges against two of the sailors have been dropped, with Darren Smalley and Simon Radford still set to go on trial in Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Halifax.
The woman, whose name is banned from publication, says the Royal Navy bears responsibility for bringing the sailors to Canada and that she trusted the men and accompanied them to a party at the barracks because of their positions.
The statement of claim filed last week has not been tested in court, and a statement of defence was not available.
The Canadian Press