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Sexual assault trial for two British sailors set to begin on Tuesday in Halifax

Darren Smalley, Craig Stoner, Joshua Finbow and Simon Radford, left to right, members of the British navy in Nova Scotia for a hockey tournament, are released from provincial court in Dartmouth, N.S., on Monday, April 20, 2015.
Darren Smalley, Craig Stoner, Joshua Finbow and Simon Radford, left to right, members of the British navy in Nova Scotia for a hockey tournament, are released from provincial court in Dartmouth, N.S., on Monday, April 20, 2015. The Canadian Press/Andrew Vaughan

The trial of two British sailors accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a Nova Scotia military base begins Tuesday.

Darren Smalley and Simon Radford are charged with sexual assault causing bodily harm and participating in a group sexual assault in barracks at 12 Wing Shearwater on April 10, 2015.

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The Crown had originally charged four men, but charges against two of the sailors have been dropped.

Several days into a preliminary inquiry in April 2016, charges were dropped against Craig Stoner, while charges against Joshua Finbow were withdrawn in December.

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Preliminary hearing underway for British sailors accused of sex assault
Preliminary hearing underway for British sailors accused of sex assault

The Crown said the prospect of convicting Finbow became unrealistic after Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Patrick Duncan deemed his police statement inadmissible at trial.

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27 days have been set aside for the trial.