Military investigator testifies at British sailors' sex assault trial

The trial for two British sailors accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a Halifax-area military base heard Wednesday from a military police officer who investigated the case.

Sgt. Tyler Bruce-Hayes, the Crown's first witness, told Nova Scotia Supreme Court that the complainant appeared upset and was crying when he first saw her at a Halifax hospital in the early hours of April 11, 2015.

Bruce-Hayes says he had received a call hours earlier that a sexual assault had occurred at CFB Shearwater, a military base just outside Halifax.

He says the woman, whose identity is protected by a publication ban, was examined at a hospital and swabs, urine and blood samples were taken, and later that night he interviewed her for about two hours.

Darren Smalley and Simon Radford are charged with sexual assault causing bodily harm and participating in a group sexual assault.

About six weeks have been set aside for the judge-alone trial.

A pre-trial decision issued by Justice Patrick Duncan says the men, members of the Royal Navy, were participating in a naval hockey tournament in Halifax in April 2015.