A Winnipeg man has been found not criminally responsible for repeatedly raping his wife on the grounds he was suffering from a rare sleep disorder known as “sexsomnia.”
The case, decided Friday in a city courtroom, is the first of its kind in local legal history and one of only a handful ever seen in Canada.
Queen’s Bench Justice Chris Mainella said expert evidence submitted by both the Crown and defence lawyer Todd Bourcier, along with testimony from the victim, proves the 36-year-old accused had no control over his actions during dozens of attacks that occurred over a four-year span.
“She did not see the face of her husband. He had a cold, angry stare,” Mainella said of the woman. “The actions of the accused were involuntary. He was robotic, emotionally vapid.” Continue reading “Sexsomnia Voids Criminal Case” »