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British sailors charged with sexual assault at Halifax base due in court

HALIFAX - Four British sailors who are charged with sexual assault causing bodily harm are due in court today.Chris Hansen of the Public Prosecution Service wouldn't offer details on the proceeding, but says it involves a possible change to their bail conditions.Simon Radford, Joshua Finbow, Craig Stoner and Darren Smalley were released from custody on April 20 on conditions that they reside at Canadian Forces Base Stadacona, pay a $3,000 cash surety, not contact the alleged victim and return to court May 27.The men were in Nova Scotia to participate in a hockey tournament with local Armed Forces personnel when they were arrested April 16.The Crown alleges that they participated in a "group sexual assault" on April 10 in a barracks at CFB Shearwater, another military base in Halifax.Maj. Yves Desbiens, a spokesman for the Canadian Forces Military Police Group, said at the time that the allegations are serious and the complainant is a civilian.

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