The London courthouse. File photo from Google Maps Street View.The London courthouse. File photo from Google Maps Street View.
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Still no trial date in sexual assault case against former junior hockey players

When the five former Team Canada junior hockey players accused of sexual assault will go to trial remains up in the air.

During a brief video appearance at the London courthouse on Tuesday the case was adjourned until August 13.

Michael McLeod, 26, Alex Formenton, 24, Cal Foote, 25, Dillon Dube, 25, and Carter Hart, 25 are all charged with sexual assault. McLeod faces an additional charge of sexual assault by being a party to the offence. The charges stem from an alleged sexual assault that reportedly took place inside London’s Delta Armouries hotel after a Hockey Canada gala in 2018. A woman, known only as E.M., reported she was sexually assaulted by a group of players following the fundraiser.

The court heard Tuesday that judicial pre-trial hearings are ongoing. The closed-door conference, which allows the Crown and defence to get a judge's input on case issues, has been scheduled to return on July 3. As such, the decision was made by the scheduling court to bring the matter back in August, at which time a trial date could "potentially" be selected.

The five accused have not yet had to appear in-person at the courthouse. That is expected to change September 5 and 6 when pre-trial motions will be heard.

In February, the men waived a preliminary hearing, which has sped up the case's movement through the courts. They have opted for a jury trial. None of the allegations against them have been proven in court.

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