Trial to begin for British sailors accused of sexually assaulting woman

The trial for two British sailors accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a Halifax-area military base is scheduled to begin today after being delayed because one of the accused was in hospital.

Darren Smalley and Simon Radford are charged with sexual assault causing bodily harm and participating in a group sexual assault in barracks at 12 Wing Shearwater in April 2015.

Their trial was scheduled to start Tuesday in Nova Scotia Supreme Court, but defence lawyer David Bright told Justice Patrick Duncan that Radford was in hospital in Halifax.

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

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

It says the complainant, whose identity is protected by a publication ban, told police that she was sexually assaulted.