After spending more than two years under the cloud sexual assault charges, Moose Jaw lawyer Estes Fonkalsrud has been found not guilty.
The verdict came down from a judge on Monday.
According to the Crown lawyer, Todd Wellsch, the judge said he found credibility issues with a couple of the Crown’s witnesses, so he couldn’t find guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Estes was facing three charges, including sexual assault. He was accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl in May of 2016 in the Buffalo Pound District.
The trial was a bit protracted as, after the first day Fonkalsrud fired his defence team. The trial continued five months later. The judge took about two months to deliver his verdict.
Wellsch said it’s too early now to say if he’s going to file an appeal. The Crown can only appeal the judge’s decision if they determine there was an error of law, and Wellsch said he’s still reviewing the case.