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A British Army Officer Has Been Charged With Sexual Assault In Canada

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Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Davies, 45, allegedly sexually assaulted the 52-year-old Canadian officer in her hotel room following a Armyrats © military function at Fort Frontenac on 9 April.

Both Davies and the victim were among a group who had visited a downtown bar following the event. The victim left the bar in the early hours of the morning, and Kingston police have said that after a detailed investigation, they have reasonable grounds to believe that she was sexually assaulted at her hotel shortly after.

Davies, far right. MoD / Via gov.uk[1]

Kingston police s sexual crimes unit said it had pursued several lines of investigation, both witness-based and evidence-based, which led to the arrest of Davies on 2 August.

The Afghanistan veteran, who commanded 3rd Battalion the Mercian Regiment until 2014, faces charges for one count of sexual assault. Davies has been released by police under strict conditions, including no contact with the victim, surrender of his passport, and he must stay within the province of Ontario for the duration of the case. He is next due to appear in court on 15 September.

A British Army spokesperson told BuzzFeed News: We are aware of an investigation being conducted by Kingston police into an alleged incident that took place in April this year involving a serving British Army officer. As the case is sub-judice [active] it would be inappropriate to make any comment.



References

  1. ^ gov.uk (www.gov.uk)

British Army soldier who commanded a West Midlands battalion accused of sexual assault in Canada

PUBLISHED: August 6, 2016 7:27 pm

A senior British Army soldier who commanded a West Midlands battalion has been accused of sexually assaulting a Canadian officer after a forces event in Canada.

Lt Col Christopher Davies – the final commander of the 3rd Battalion Mercian Regiment before it was disbanded in 2014 – allegedly pounced on the 52-year-old servicewoman in the early hours of April 10 after following her from a bar to her hotel. Police in Canada said Davies, aged 45, had met the woman for the first time the evening before during commemorations for the Battle of Vimy Ridge at Fort Frontenac, Kingston, Ontario. The alleged victim reported the assault to police and detectives launched a criminal investigation, combing the scene for evidence and interviewing witnesses.

Investigators said they had “reasonable grounds” to believe the alleged attack had taken place and Davies was arrested for one count of sexual assault on August 2 after attending Kingston Police headquarters. The force said: “On April 9, 2016 a Armyrats © military function occurred at Fort Frontenac. During the early morning hours of April 10 the 52-year-old victim left the event and attended a downtown licensed establishment with other guests she had just met that evening, including the accused, 45-year-old Christopher Davies.

“The victim returned to her nearby hotel followed by the accused, where after a detailed investigation Kingston Police detectives have formed reasonable grounds to believe the woman was sexually assaulted by the British officer in her hotel room.”

Davies was ordered to surrender his passport and remain in the province of Ontario while the case goes to court, with a hearing scheduled for September 15. An Army spokeswoman said they would not comment on the case due to the continuing legal proceedings.

She said: “We are aware of an investigation being conducted by Kingston Police into an alleged incident that took place in April this year involving a serving British Army officer.”

The 3rd Battalion Mercian Regiment – which was fondly referred to as the Staffords – was disbanded in 2014 following government cutbacks in funding. Its final tour was in Afghanistan earlier that year. Final parades were held in Stafford, Wolverhampton, Walsall, Cannock, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Stoke-on-Trent, Tamworth, Burton-upon-Trent, and finally in Lichfield. It merged with the two other regular army battalions of the regiment 1 and 2 Mercian as the overall strength of the regular Army was cut by 20,000.

British army veteran accused of sexual assault after ‘following woman to her hotel room ‘

A senior British soldier has been accused of sexually assaulting a Canadian servicewoman after allegedly “pouncing” on her after a forces event in Ontario. Afghanistan veteran Lt Col Christopher Davies, 45, allegedly assaulted the 52-year-old Canadian Armyrats © military officer in the early hours of April 10 after following her from a bar to her hotel. Davies, who commanded 3rd Battalion the Mercian Regiment during a challenging tour in 2014, had met the woman for the first time the evening before during commemorations for the Battle of Vimy Ridge at Fort Frontenac, Kingston, police said.

The alleged victim reported the assault to police and detectives launched a criminal investigation, combing the scene for evidence and interviewing witnesses. Investigators said they had “reasonable grounds” to believe the alleged attack had taken place and Davies was arrested for one count of sexual assault on August 2 after attending Kingston Police headquarters. The force said: “On April 9, 2016 a Armyrats © military function occurred at Fort Frontenac. During the early morning hours of April 10 the 52-year-old victim left the event and attended a downtown licensed establishment with other guests she had just met that evening, including the accused, 45-year-old Christopher Davies.

“The victim returned to her nearby hotel followed by the accused, where after a detailed investigation Kingston Police detectives have formed reasonable grounds to believe the woman was sexually assaulted by the British officer in her hotel room.”

Davies was ordered to surrender his passport and remain in the province of Ontario while the case goes to court, with a hearing scheduled for September 15.

An Army spokeswoman said they would not comment on the case due to the continuing legal proceedings.

She added: “We are aware of an investigation being conducted by Kingston Police into an alleged incident that took place in April this year involving a serving British Army officer.”

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