Tearful Native teen recalls sexual assault at trial

A Native teen fought back tears as she recounted being sexually assaulted at the age of 12 by three non-Natives.

The teen, now 17, ran away from home in Saskatchewan in 2001. She encountered a group of three young men, who offered her a ride and gave her beer.

One of the men, Jeffrey Kindrat, is now 26. He was acquitted by an all-white jury but an appeals court ordered a new trial for him and another defendant.

The teen said Kindrat and the other two males raped her in their vehicle. She said she has trouble remembering the details

"I can't talk about it anymore. I don't like speaking in front of a lot of people," she said in court, The Saskatoon StarPhoenix reported.

Kendrat's trial will likely wrap up today. Another defendant, Jeffrey Lorne Brown, now 30, goes to trial in October. The third male, Trevor Dean Edmondson, now 29, was convicted in May 2003 and was ordered to serve two years of house arrest.

Get the Story:
Tearful teen recounts night of alleged attack (CBC 3/20)
Alleged sex assault victim weeps through testimony (The Saskatoon StarPhoenix 3/21)
Teen recalls childhood sex assault at trial (CP 3/21)

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