BRITISH COLUMBIA

B.C.'s highest court overturns sex crime verdict on credibility ruling

12/10/2012 10:09 EST | Updated 02/09/2013 05:12 EST
VANCOUVER - B.C.'s top court has ordered a new trial for a man convicted of sex crimes, ruling that the trial judge made a mistake in using the accused's silence with police to determine he was not credible.

A panel of three judges for the B.C. Court of Appeal ruled a miscarriage of justice occurred when Kulvinder Sandhu was convicted in August 2011.

Sandhu was charged with sexual interference and invitation to sexual touching after complaints from a young woman.

The incidents were alleged to have occurred in the 1990s, although the man was not charged until six years after the young woman complained to police.

During the trial, the Crown argued the man's failure to promptly address the allegations of sexual assault showed that he was guilty.

The appeal judges also ruled Monday the trial judge made a mistake by finding the accuser to be credible.