Defence, Crown present closing arguments at sexual assault trial of Matthew Percy

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As the sexual assault trial of a former university groundskeeper reached its final stage on Thursday, his defence team highlighted what they described as the “convenient” gaps in the complainant’s memory.

Peter Planetta stressed multiple times through the morning’s proceedings that the gaps in memory of the woman who has accused his client of sexual assault should leave reasonable doubt about whether Matthew Albert Percy acted without consent.

Percy is accused of sexually assaulting a then-19-year-old woman at a Dalhousie University residence on Dec. 6, 2014.

The former groundskeeper at Saint Mary’s University has pleaded not guilty to a charge of sexual assault causing bodily harm and the trial is being heard by judge alone in Nova Scotia Supreme Court.

The complainant’s identity is protected by a publication ban.

The complainant testified last week that she was 19 when she met Percy after partying at Cheers, a bar that existed at the time in The Dome, a multi-level nightclub in downtown Halifax.

She said Percy invited her to get poutine at a nearby take-out restaurant, only for them to stop at the nearby Toothy Moose bar for a drink before getting the food.

The complainant testified that she did not remember the trip, but that the pair eventually ended up at her Dalhousie residence on LeMarchant Street.

She has alleged that Percy assaulted her multiple times, in both her bedroom and the nearby washroom, leaving her with bite marks on her neck and painful bruises on her rear that left her unable to sit down for days.

The complainant testified that she “clearly told Percy no” as he violently initiated anal sex.

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