A sexual assault trial in Cranbrook Supreme Court has entered its final stages.
Justice Catherine Murray delivered her instructions to the jury Tuesday morning for considering all evidence in the trial of Matthew Allen Buxton.
Buxton faces three charges, including sexual assault, assault and uttering death threats stemming from an October 2016 incident.
He is accused of raping a local woman, who cannot be named due to a publication ban, in October 2016. He is also accused of trying to smother the woman with a pillow when she tried to leave the suspect’s bedroom.
Jury deliberations began this afternoon, with the eight men and four women to be sequestered until a unanimous verdict can be reached.
This is the second time this matter has been left in the hands of a jury to decide.
An error during the jury’s deliberations in a previous trial last year resulted in a mistrial being called and the matter to be back before the courts all over again.