The Supreme Court of Canada has unanimously upheld the sexual assault conviction of a Nova Scotia man who tried to trick his girlfriend into becoming pregnant by poking holes in her condoms.
Craig Jaret Hutchinson was sentenced to 18 months in jail in December 2011 after he pierced his girlfriend's condoms with a pin in 2006 so she would get pregnant and not break up with him.
The Halifax-area woman became pregnant and had an abortion, but later suffered an infection of her uterus that required treatment with antibiotics.
In Friday's 7-0 ruling, the high court ruled that Hutchinson deprived the woman of her ability to consent to sex.
"The accused's condom sabotage constituted fraud ... the result that no consent was obtained," Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin and Justice Thomas Cromwell wrote on behalf of the court. "We would therefore affirm the conviction and dismiss the appeal.
"We conclude that where a complainant has chosen not to become pregnant, deceptions that deprive her of the benefit of that choice by making her pregnant, or exposing her to an increased risk of becoming pregnant by removing effective birth control, may constitute a sufficiently serious deprivation for the purposes of fraud vitiating consent."
In January 2013, the Nova Scotia Supreme Court rejected Hutchinson's appeal that the sentence was harsh and excessive and that the woman voluntarily consented to have sex with him.
Hutchinson was originally found not guilty of aggravated sexual assault by the Nova Scotia Supreme Court in 2009.
That decision was overturned by the province's Appeal Court, which ordered a new trial. He was convicted in that second trial.