Sexual assault trial against former SMU groundskeeper to begin Tuesday

Matthew Albert Percy, a former groundskeeper at Saint Mary’s University who was convicted of sexually assaulting a student at the Halifax university in September 2017, is back in court on Tuesday for his third sexual assault trial.

Percy, 36, faces a charge of sexual assault causing bodily harm in connection with an attack at a Dalhousie University dormitory in 2014.

He has pleaded not guilty and will be tried by judge alone in Nova Scotia Supreme Court.

The complainant, whose identity is protected under a publication ban, initially went to Halifax Regional Police on Dec. 8, 2014, two days after the alleged assault.

HRP would close the investigation a month later without laying charges. The investigation was re-opened four years later after Percy was accused of sexually assaulting two other women.

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