Jacob Hoggard: Sexual assault victim says her life was ‘shattered’


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An Ottawa girl who was sexually assaulted by Hedley frontman Jacob Hoggard in a Toronto lodge room practically six years in the past says her life was “shattered past recognition” because of the incident.

The lady, whose id is roofed by a publication ban, spoke throughout a sentencing listening to for Hoggard on the College Avenue courthouse in Toronto on Thursday.

“Earlier than Nov. 22, 2016 I used to be a unique particular person. I used to be by no means the identical after that day,” the lady stated. “Part of me died that day that I’ll by no means get again. My life as I knew it was stolen from me and shattered past recognition. The assault took away my value, my privateness, my physique, my confidence and my voice.”

Hoggard was discovered responsible in June of sexual assault inflicting bodily hurt in reference to the incident. However jurors discovered him not responsible of one other depend associated to the alleged sexual assault of a teenage fan.

In a sufferer impression assertion delivered Thursday, the lady stated that she selected to attend court docket with out the assist of any family members as a result of she “couldn’t naked to look at them undergo greater than they have already got.”

She then completed her remarks talking on to Hoggard.

“Lastly, earlier than a sentence is given – I want to supply a chunk of recommendation to Mr. Hoggard. In his personal phrases. ‘Don’t fear – will probably be over quickly,’” she stated.


The sentencing listening to for Hoggard beforehand took a little bit of a flip Thursday morning as his lawyer raised some points with proof in a forensic psychiatric report that names a few of his sexual companions.

The time wanted to judge the admissibility and weight of this report implies that Ontario Superior Court docket Justice Gillian Roberts did not hand down her sentence right now.

As a substitute, a listening to will likely be held on Oct. 14 to think about authorized arguments associated to the psychiatric report. Hoggard may even be given an opportunity to talk at the moment.

Formal submissions on the vary of the sentence Hoggard had been additionally pushed again, although the Crown indicated that they plan to ask for a jail sentence of six to seven years.

The utmost sentence for sexual assault inflicting bodily hurt is 14 years.

Roberts stated she feels it’s necessary she take the time to overview all the submissions made in court docket earlier than asserting her sentence.

The sentencing listening to for former Hedley frontman Jacob Hoggard acquired underway in Toronto on Oct. 6. (The Canadian Press)

“Everybody has labored so arduous on this case,” she stated. “Everyone needs certainty and I’m positive Mr. Hoggard, greater than anyone on this room, needs certainty.”

Hoggard might resist 14 years in jail.

The sentencing comes a day after CTV Information realized that the Ottawa girl is suing Hoggard for $2.8 million.

In a draft declare obtained by CTV Information, the plaintiff argues along with psychological anguish, the incident left her unable to finish her schooling and impaired each her bodily and emotional wellbeing.

In March, the singer was additionally charged with sexual assault inflicting bodily hurt in reference to one other unrelated incident that occurred in June 2016 in Kirkland Lake, Ont. The singer has denied the allegation and stated by his lawyer that he intends to plead not responsible. 


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