British sailor acquitted in gang rape case at Canadian base

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) — A British sailor accused in an alleged gang rape at a Canadian military base has been acquitted.

Darren Smalley was charged with sexual assault causing bodily harm and participating in a sexual assault involving one or more people in barracks at 12 Wing Shearwater near Halifax, Nova Scotia on April 10, 2015.

Justice Patrick Duncan delivered his verdict on Friday in Nova Scotia Supreme Court, saying the complainant’s testimony was not credible.

On Tinder, a woman and her friend met Smalley and other members of a Royal Navy hockey team who were competing in a tournament in Halifax.

The complainant testified at Smalley’s trial last fall that she went to sleep next to a sailor, and later awoke face down and naked as at least three men sexually assaulted her.

Darren Smalley attends provincial court in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. – AP