This Article is From Apr 18, 2015

Canada Charges 4 British Navy Sailors Over 'Gang Rape'

Canada Charges 4 British Navy Sailors Over 'Gang Rape'

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Ottawa: Canadian authorities charged four British Royal Navy sailors on Friday over the alleged gang rape of a woman at a military barracks in Halifax, home to Canada's Atlantic fleet.

Craig Stoner, Darren Smalley, Joshua Finbow and Simon Radford each face one count of sexual assault under Canada's criminal code.

In a statement, Canadian Forces National Investigation Service commander Lieutenant-Colonel Francis Bolduc called the accusations "disturbing."

Speaking outside court, prosecutor Scott Morrison said the men are accused of having participated in a "group sexual assault" on the civilian woman, according broadcaster CTV.

It allegedly took place last week at a drinking party at the Shearwater military barracks in Halifax.

The local daily Chronicle Herald reported the four British servicemen were visiting Halifax to participate in an armed forces hockey tournament.