Closing arguments to come Wednesday in Lutsel K’e man’s sexual assault trial

Yellowknife Courthouse (CKLB File photo).

Closing arguments by the Crown prosecutor and a defence lawyer are expected to start Wednesday morning in the sexual assault trial for a Lutsel K’e man.

Paul Catholique, 43, took the witness stand in his own defence in a Yellowknife courtroom on Tuesday.

He was charged in November of 2017 with one count of sexual assault which is alleged to have taken place in August of that year in Lutsel K’e.

Catholique’s testimony followed that of the victim who testified from behind a screen that allows him to see her but prevents her from having to look at him.

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

Catholique’s fate is to be decided by a jury made up seven women and five men.

While that trial has been going on, another sexual assault trial is taking place in Yellowknife.

Peter Tsetta, 50, of Ndilo, is charged with two counts of sexual assault and two counts of forcible confinement.

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John McFadden
John has been in the broadcast journalism industry since the 1980s. He has been a reporter in Yellowknife since 2012 and joined CKLB in January of 2018. John covers the crime and court beat as well as reporting on other areas including politics, business, entertainment and sports. He won seven national community newspaper awards while he was a journalist with Northern News Services Limited (NNSL). John worked in Ontario before coming North including stints as a TV sportscaster in Peterborough and senior news writer for CBC and CTV in downtown Toronto.