Verdict expected Monday in court martial of sailor accused of sexual assault

A military judge is expected to deliver a verdict today in the court martial of a Halifax sailor accused of sexually assaulting a subordinate.

Master Seaman Daniel Cooper has pleaded not guilty to sexual assault and ill treatment of a subordinate in relation to an alleged incident aboard the navy destroyer H-M-C-S Athabaskan while the warship was visiting Spain in 2015.

Lawyers for the prosecution and defence gave closing arguments in Halifax military court on Saturday.

Lawyers on both sides agreed that Cooper's version of what took place in the sailors' sleeping quarters on the night in question cannot be reconciled with the alleged victim's testimony, but clashed over which account is more credible.