Amfoubalela trial underway in Charlottetown

Ryan Ross
Published on June 2, 2014

Sylvain Aritho Amfoubalela

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A trial got underway this morning for a Charlottetown man charged with assault and sexual assault.

Sylvain Aritho Amfoubalela appeared before Justice Ben Taylor in P.E.I. Supreme Court for the beginning of his trial that is expected to last several days.

The Crown is expected to call several witnesses, including the alleged victim who was the first to take the stand.

Defence lawyer Brendan Hubley said he also expects to call several witnesses, including Amfoubalela.  

A preliminary hearing was held in October, at which time provincial court Judge Nancy Orr determined there was enough evidence to proceed with a trial.

The trial was originally scheduled to start March 24, but was delayed after the defence asked for transcripts of witness statements to police.

A publication ban prevents the release of any details that could identify the alleged victim.