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Version of section 273.2 from 2003-01-01 to 2018-12-12:


Marginal note:Where belief in consent not a defence

 It is not a defence to a charge under section 271, 272 or 273 that the accused believed that the complainant consented to the activity that forms the subject-matter of the charge, where

  • (a) the accused’s belief arose from the accused’s

    • (i) self-induced intoxication, or

    • (ii) recklessness or wilful blindness; or

  • (b) the accused did not take reasonable steps, in the circumstances known to the accused at the time, to ascertain that the complainant was consenting.

  • 1992, c. 38, s. 1
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