Trial of David Woodall
News Now GODERICH – Opening statements in the trial of a former Clinton minister who faces sex-related charges will begin tomorrow morning in Goderich Superior court, after the judge agreed to a request to adjourn for the day due to illness.
Shortly after 1:15 p.m. today, when the jury of seven women and five men took their seats for the first time, Justice Peter Hockin informed them an important party in the trial “isn’t feeling quite up to snuff” and court was be adjourned for the afternoon. By 1:20 p.m., the jury was excused for the day.
Court spent the morning selecting the 12 members of the jury in the trial of David Woodall, 57, on charges of sexual assault and touching a young person for sexual purposes while in a position of trust.
Woodall is charged in connection with an incident alleged to have occurred in August 2001 in the area of the Township of Saugeen. Woodall was minister of Hyde Park United Church, London, at the time.
There is a court ban on publication of the complainant’s name.
Opening statements from Huron County Crown attorney Teresa Donnelly and defence lawyer Brian Chambers will be heard when the trial begins again at 10 a.m. tomorrow, May 28. The trial is expected to last the week.
In September 2012, a jury found Woodall not guilty on four charges related to alleged sexual assaults on two male complainants who were young boys when a youth group sleepover was held at the Clinton United Church, formerly Ontario Street United Church, between 1991 and 1993. Woodall was the church’s minister from 1985 to 1994.
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