UPDATED: 8 p.m.
A Peachland man who was on trial for two charges of sexual assault and one charge of break and enter with intent to commit an indictable offence was found not guilty this weekend.
Shea Gardecki was accused of entering a home on Highland Drive North on Aug. 23, 2016 and sexually touching two women who were sleeping inside.
The women testified that they recognized Gardecki from the incident, but there was no crime scene evidence. Crown counsel Patricia O’Neil argued in closing arguments on Wednesday that the lack of forensic evidence such as bodily fluid or fingerprints being left at the scene wasn’t that remarkable.
“Not every crime scene is capable of offering that kind of evidence,” she said.
Shea Gardecki of #Peachland has been found not guilty of two charges of sexual assault and one charge of break and enter with intent to commit an indictable offence after he was accused of entering a home and sexually assaulting two women in #Kelowna in 2016
— Carmen Weld (@carmenweld) January 28, 2018
Jurors don’t give reasons for their findings, they only provide a verdict.
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