Not guilty on all 12 charges. That's the decision from Judge Joyce Lester in the trial of Soleiman Hajj Soleiman in Edmonton this morning.
Hajj Soleiman, a 40-year-old Syrian and father of six who came to Canada December, 2015 was accused of six counts of sexual assault and six counts of sexual interference after a series of gropings and molestations in the West Edmonton Mall World Waterpark in February, 2017.
The complainants, six girls age 13 to 15, accused Hajj Solomon of sexually touching them in the wave pool.
Court hears two full weeks of testimony beginning in January and heard from all six girls and 12 other witnesses.
Over 40 bikers showed up once again to support the six minor victims; Urban Bulldogs Against Kid Abuse and Guardians of the Children filled the courtroom, lined the walls, and spilled out of the courtroom into the hall.
The case came down to identification, with both sides conceding that an assault took place in the wave pool.
The judge cited the fact that Hajj Solomon is from a different cultural background from the six complainants as a reason to call into question their identification of him.
WATCH as I report on other statements by the judge, explaining her decision.
As the verdict was being read, families of the girls left in tears.