Niagara man cleared of sex assault charge wins defamation suit against accuser

After a sexual assault charge against a Niagara Region man was withdrawn, he went on to sue his accuser in small claims court — and won.

After an eight day trial in Welland spread out over a year, where both parties were self-represented, a deputy judge concluded that the woman lied to the police about the sexual assault and awarded the man $18,842 to cover his legal fees from the criminal court case, as well as $5,000 in damages.