Key witness to testify as Dr. Levin sex trial resumes Thursday
By Daryl Slade
November 14, 2012
The sex assault trial of former prominent forensic psychiatrist Dr. Aubrey Levin, which has been plagued by numerous delays over the past six weeks, is expected to be back on track on Thursday.
The jury, which has heard just a few days of evidence since the trial before Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Donna Shelley began in early October, should hear first from the original complainant, R.B., when it returns.
When R.B. testified briefly a month ago, the two videos he surreptitiously took with a spy watch camera of court-ordered appointments with Levin were also shown to the jury. Shortly after that, a taped police statement of Levin was shown in court.
Since then, it has been nothing but a series of applications and arguments among the lawyers in the absence of the jury.
None of the evidence heard without the jury can be reported.
Altogether, Levin is accused of sexually assaulting 10 male patients — primarily during court-ordered sessions — at his office or in an interview room at Peter Lougheed Centre between 1999 and 2010.
Just over two weeks ago, the judge polled the jury members whether they wanted to continue and all agreed to do so.
The trial could take another month or so.