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British sailor accused of sexual assault won’t be taken to trial

Simon Radford, a British sailor charged with sexual assault causing bodily harm, walks outside the court room in Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Halifax on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018.
Simon Radford, a British sailor charged with sexual assault causing bodily harm, walks outside the court room in Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Halifax on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

EDITOR’S NOTE: The original version of this story incorrectly stated that charges against Joshua Finbow were merely “stayed” when, in fact, charges against Mr. Finbow were “dismissed” on December 14, 2017 (as previously reported by Global News).  The story has been updated to correct this error, and we apologize for any inconvenience it may have caused.

Nova Scotia’s Public Prosecution Service is not taking a British sailor accused of sexual assault to trial.

Simon Radford is one of four British sailors accused of gang raping a woman in April 2015 while at the Shearwater Airbase for an international military hockey tournament.

The woman alleges the sexual assault happened in the barracks at the base.

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Charges against one of the other sailors, Craig Stoner, were dropped, and charges against Joshua Finbow were dismissed.

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Sailor Darren Smalley was acquitted of all charges.

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Radford was unable to travel from the U.K. for his trial because of medical reasons.

Charges against him were stayed — but the Public Prosecution Service is not reactivating the charge because it says there is no real prospect of conviction.

WATCH (Jan. 18, 2019): British sailor acquitted of sexual assault

British sailor acquitted of sexual assault
British sailor acquitted of sexual assault