The sexual intercourse assault trial of Canadian musician Jacob Hoggard is set to commence in May possibly immediately after it was postponed numerous instances thanks to COVID-19 constraints.
The trial, which will be read by a jury, is now scheduled to start Might 2 and keep on until finally early June.
Hoggard, the frontman for the band Hedley, was originally established to stand demo in January of very last year but it was postponed by a number of months, and then all over again to this thirty day period.
The demo was delayed again for the reason that new jury trials have been set on keep in gentle of the Omicron-fuelled surge in COVID-19 situations — a pause that is predicted to past until finally at minimum Feb. 7.
The singer pleaded not guilty to sexual assault triggering bodily hurt and sexual interference at his preliminary hearing.
He was arrested and charged in 2018 for alleged incidents involving a girl and a teenager that law enforcement have mentioned took location in the Toronto space in 2016.
The complainants are unable to be determined due to a publication ban.
Investigation launched in 2018
Police commenced investigating Hoggard earlier in 2018, after allegations emerged that recommended he experienced inappropriate encounters with youthful followers.
Hoggard issued a assertion months right before his arrest, denying any non-consensual sexual carry out but acknowledging possessing behaved in a way that “objectified women” and was “reckless and dismissive of their emotions.”
Hedley has been on an indefinite hiatus since March 2018. Following the allegation, the band was dropped by its administration staff and banned by a number of radio stations.
Hoggard was current Thursday for a digital hearing dealing with pre-demo motions in his situation, the contents of which are also safeguarded underneath a publication ban.