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Sen. Brazeau granted postponement in sexual assault case

JESSICA MURPHY | QMI AGENCY

GATINEAU, QC - Sen. Patrick Brazeau's lawyers were granted a postponement in his sexual assault case Friday so they could seek the disclosure of further evidence from the Crown.

Quebec Crown attorney Sylvain Petitclerc said he wasn't sure what further evidence was available and told reporters Brazeau's lawyers had the Crown's full disclosure since Feb. 12, including the police report and the alleged victim's statement.

"I have no idea what could be missing," he said. "It's not clear on their end."

Brazeau, 38, didn't appear at the Gatineau, QC, courthouse Friday but was represented by his lawyers, Michel Swanston and Gerard Larocque.

On Feb. 8, he pleaded not guilty to charges of assault and sexual assault after police responded to a domestic disturbance call at his house.

Brazeau's lawyers refused to take questions from journalists, but Swanston said his client will "contest vigorously these allegations."

"We have no intention of arguing this case in the media," Swanston said.

"As for Sen. Brazeau, he's weathering the storm with his family and would appreciate that we respect his privacy. He is adamant to return to his functions after this situation is passed."

If convicted, Brazeau faces a maximum penalty of six months in jail for the assault charge and 18 months for the sexual assault charge.

Brazeau is out on bail, has been removed from the Conservative caucus and is on a forced paid leave of absence from the Senate.

His next court date is June 10.

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