Jurors are set to start hearing evidence today in Jacob Hoggard’s sexual assault trial


Jurors are set to begin hearing evidence today in the sexual assault trial of Canadian musician Jacob Hoggard.

The first witness is due to appear after prosecutors present an outline of their case this morning.

Hoggard, the frontman of rock band Hedley, pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to two counts of sexual assault causing bodily harm and one of sexual interference, a charge that refers to sexual touching of a person under the age of 16.

He was arrested and charged in 2018 and a preliminary hearing was held the following year.

Hoggard was originally scheduled to stand trial in January 2021, but the case has been repeatedly postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has seen new jury trials suspended for months.

The case involves two plaintiffs, neither of whom can be identified under a publication ban. The identities of several witnesses are also protected by the ban.