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Nova Scotia premier calling on Ottawa to review sexual assault laws

HALIFAX — Premier Stephen McNeil is calling for Ottawa to review criminal code laws around sexual assault after one offender in Nova Scotia was sentenced to 90 days in jail for a violent sexual assault.

McNeil was reacting to the case of Mitchell Leeander Goodwin, who was sentenced last week to 90 days in jail to be served on weekends for sexual assault and uttering threats in 2012.

McNeil says although he doesn't know the details of the case, a 90-day sentence for sexual assault could be considered "offensive."

He says laws around sexual assault should be reviewed, adding there should be serious repercussions for sexual assault offenders.

But Opposition Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie says the provincial government shouldn't be waiting for Ottawa to look at the criminal code.

He says the Liberals should review the laws and make recommendations for changes to the federal government.

The Canadian Press

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