Trial begins for Whatì man accused of raping 13-year-old

Warning: This report contains details of a sexual assault case, as heard in court, that readers may find disturbing.

A 16-year-old girl testified she was raped by a much older man in August 2016 as the man’s jury trial began in a Yellowknife courtroom.

The girl described having “non-consensual sex” at the age of 13 with Cory Ross Nitsiza, who was then 27, during a night of alcohol and cannabis use in Whatì. Under Canadian law, the age of consent is 16. The girl is entitled to anonymity.


Nitsiza faces one count of sexual assault. Tuesday was the first day on which Supreme Court jurors heard testimony in a case expected to be handed to them for a verdict on Thursday.

Under questioning by Crown prosecutor Trevor Johnson,

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