June 2, 2014 4:05 pm

N.S. Barristers’ Society suspends Lyle Howe after sex assault conviction

Lyle Howe heads from provincial court in Dartmouth on April 1, 2014.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

HALIFAX – The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society has suspended a Halifax lawyer who was found guilty of sexually assaulting a woman.

Lyle Howe was convicted by a jury on Saturday of the sexual assault of a 19-year-old woman on March 20, 2011.

Throughout the trial, Crown attorneys argued the victim was impaired and incapacitated and never gave consent, while Howe argued the sexual act was consensual.

Howe was also charged with administering a stupefying drug, but was acquitted on that charge.

Darrel Pink, the executive director of the barristers’ society, says a complaints investigation committee met by teleconference Monday and decided to suspend him.

Pink says the complaints committee made the decision under its Legal Profession Act based on Howe’s conviction.

The act gives the society emergency powers to deal quickly with cases when it is considered to be in the interests of protecting the public.

© The Canadian Press, 2014