R. v. Smith (P.R.), (2006) 404 A.R. 393 (NWTCA)

JudgeRichard, Costigan and Paperny, JJ.A.
CourtCourt of Appeal (Northwest Territories)
Case DateApril 19, 2006
JurisdictionNorthwest Territories
Citations(2006), 404 A.R. 393 (NWTCA)

R. v. Smith (P.R.) (2006), 404 A.R. 393 (NWTCA);

      394 W.A.C. 393

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Temp. Cite: [2007] A.R. TBEd. AP.129

Peter Robert Smith (accused/appellant) v. Her Majesty the Queen (respondent)

(A-1-AP-2005000002; 2007 NWTCA 2)

Indexed As: R. v. Smith (P.R.)

Northwest Territories Court of Appeal

Richard, Costigan and Paperny, JJ.A.

April 19, 2006.

Summary:

The accused appealed from his convictions for sexual assault and touching a person under the age of 14 for a sexual purpose.

The Northwest Territories Court of Appeal allowed the appeal and ordered a new trial.

Criminal Law - Topic 4419

Procedure - Opening and closing addresses - Summing up - Counsel - Closing address - Intemperate or improper statements - [See Criminal Law - Topic 5436 ].

Criminal Law - Topic 5436

Evidence and witnesses - Cross-examination of accused - Character of accused - The accused appealed from his convictions for sexual assault and touching a person under the age of 14 for a sexual purpose - The Northwest Territories Court of Appeal allowed the appeal and ordered a new trial - The Crown had improperly cross-examined the accused on his propensity to lie when the accused had not put his character in issue - The Crown's closing address to the jury also suggested the reversal of onus with respect to motive to lie and referred to the failure of the defence to cross-examine the Crown witnesses in that regard - The Crown had also improperly adverted to unproven facts relating to the motive to lie.

Cases Noticed:

R. v. S.G.G., [1997] 2 S.C.R. 716; 214 N.R. 161; 94 B.C.A.C. 81; 152 W.A.C. 81; 116 C.C.C.(3d) 193, refd to. [para. 4].

R. v. A.F. (1996), 93 O.A.C. 102; 30 O.R.(3d) 470 (C.A.), refd to. [para. 5].

R. v. Henderson (R.R.) (1999), 120 O.A.C. 99; 134 C.C.C.(3d) 131 (C.A.), refd to. [para. 5].

Boucher v. R., [1955] S.C.R. 16; 110 C.C.C. 263, refd to. [para. 9].

Pisani v. R., [1971] S.C.R. 738; 1 C.C.C.(2d) 477, refd to. [para. 12].

R. v. Kusk (D.P.) (1998), 232 A.R. 270; 195 W.A.C. 270 (C.A.), refd to. [para. 12].

Counsel:

M.L. Nightingale, for the appellant;

D.M. Gates, for the respondent.

This appeal was heard on April 19, 2006, before Richard, Costigan and Paperny, JJ.A., of the Northwest Territories Court of Appeal. The following memorandum of judgment of the Court of Appeal was delivered orally by Paperny, J.A., on April 19, 2006, and was filed on March 29, 2007.

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  • R. v. N.A., (2015) 609 A.R. 41
    • Canada
    • Northwest Territories Court of Appeal (Northwest Territories)
    • October 20, 2015
    ...4375.3 ]. Cases Noticed: R. v. Kusk (D.P.) (1999), 232 A.R. 270; 195 W.A.C. 270; 1999 ABCA 49, refd to. [para. 13]. R. v. Smith (P.R.) (2006), 404 A.R. 393; 394 W.A.C. 393; 2007 NWTCA 2, refd to. [para. 13]. R. v. R.T.K. (2014), 575 A.R. 51; 612 W.A.C. 51; 2014 ABCA 167, refd to. [para. 15]......
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  • R. v. N.A., (2015) 609 A.R. 41
    • Canada
    • Northwest Territories Court of Appeal (Northwest Territories)
    • October 20, 2015
    ...4375.3 ]. Cases Noticed: R. v. Kusk (D.P.) (1999), 232 A.R. 270; 195 W.A.C. 270; 1999 ABCA 49, refd to. [para. 13]. R. v. Smith (P.R.) (2006), 404 A.R. 393; 394 W.A.C. 393; 2007 NWTCA 2, refd to. [para. 13]. R. v. R.T.K. (2014), 575 A.R. 51; 612 W.A.C. 51; 2014 ABCA 167, refd to. [para. 15]......

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