Taxi driver acquitted of sexually assaulting passenger returns to court in November

A Halifax taxi driver acquitted of sexual assault will be back in court this fall.

The CBC reports the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal will hear the Crown's appeal against Bassam Al-Rawi on Nov. 22.

Al-Rawi was acquitted in March of sexually assaulting an intoxicated female passenger.

Judge Gregory Lenehan ruled that the Crown failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the woman did not consent to sexual activity, and made the blunt remark during his ruling that a "drunk can consent".

Lenehan's comment led to protests and a formal complaint about his conduct.