All three complainants remained unshaken and steadfast in their accounts of being sexually assaulted by Jian Ghomeshi, Crown prosecutor Mike Callaghan told the former CBC Radio host’s trial during brief closing arguments Thursday.
Over 45 minutes, Callaghan told the judge not to rely on myths and stereotypes around the behaviour of sexual assault victims, from delaying reporting to police to contact with abuser after an assault.
He also asked the judge to carefully distinguish between significant issues and peripheral issues.
Callaghan recounted the allegations of each woman, all dating from within a period between late 2002 and 2003, and argued the judge should find their testimony about the alleged sexual assaults reliable and credible.
The defence assertion that Lucy DeCoutere, one of the complainants, fabricated her sexual assault to revel in attention, is rebutted by her friend's police statement that DeCoutere told about the alleged assault shortly after it happened more than a decade prior, Callaghan said.
Callaghan argued that the behaviour of the women after the alleged sexual assaults was “unique” based on their own personalities and life experiences.
On why the third complainant withheld from police until just before her testimony that she had a “romantic encounter” with Ghomeshi on an night after the alleged sexual assault took place, Callahghan said it was understandable that she would be embarrassed to relate that to police.
Ghomeshi has pleaded not guilty to sexual assault and choking charges. He didn’t testify and has maintained his silence ever since being arrested in November 2014.