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Howard: Assault and Nine-Week Marriage

howard: In a decision delivered late in the day, Howard said there was only enough evidence to convict the man, who cannot be identified to protect his wife's identity, on one count each of extortion and sexual assault, according to CTV. He was found not guilty on five other charges -- one of assault and two each of sexual assault and extortion -- that related to specific dates in their relationship, including the events that led to his arrest on July 30, 2015. Ontario Superior Court Justice Paul Howard said that while he believed the man wielded this power on multiple occasions during the couple's nine-week marriage, he could not conclusively say how many times it happened. There is no doubt that by making these threats he intended to obtain sexual favours from his wife, Howard said in his ruling. Court heard the couple first came in contact on an online dating site in the spring of 2015, had sex on their first date and married within weeks of meeting in person. He induced the complainant by abusing a position of trust and power ... not because he was married to the complainant, but because of the particular context of her immigration circumstances. ( As reported in the news.