Canada: man acquitted of rape as judge says accuser 'combative' in court

  • Paul Batchelor, 34, found not guilty in two cases in Ottawa
  • Judge: ‘Consent can be given without a word being spoken’

An accused rapist in Canada has been acquitted in two cases after a judge found one alleged victim to be “combative” on the stand and the other to be unreliable because her timing was off by one hour.

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