Friday 24 November 2017

Four Royal Navy members face sexual assault charges

The sailors are being held and are due in court on Monday. Photo: PA
The sailors are being held and are due in court on Monday. Photo: PA

Catherine Wylie

Four members of the Royal Navy have been charged with offences related to sexual assault.

Craig Stoner, Darren Smalley, Joshua Finbow and Simon Radford were each charged with one count of sexual assault by the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS).

In a statement on the Government of Canada website, Lieutenant-Colonel Francis Bolduc, Commanding Officer of the CFNIS, said: "This is a disturbing accusation of sexual assault.

"I'm pleased with the full cooperation provided by the British authorities to support the hard work and diligence of the CFNIS team in responding to this matter."

The CFNIS is a unit within the independent Canadian Forces Military Police Group whose mandate is to investigate serious and sensitive matters in relation to Department of National Defence property, Department of National Defence employees and Canadian Armed Forces personnel serving in Canada and around the world.

The Associated Press reported that the men were charged for their role in a "group sexual assault" in barracks in Shearwater, Nova Scotia.

Prosecutor Scott Morrison said the British sailors were in Nova Scotia playing in a hockey tournament with Canadian Armed Forces.

The sailors are being held and are due in court on Monday.

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