Two highly-anticipated trials are scheduled to begin Monday.
In Toronto, the judge-only trial of former CBC Radio host Jian Ghomeshi will proceed in courtroom 125 in Old City Hall.
Ghomeshi faces five charges from three complainants, including four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance of choking. He pled not guilty to all charges in October 2015.
One of the complainants is Lucy DeCoutere, star of the TV show Trailer Park Boys. The other two complainants cannot be named due to a publication ban.
The former CBC Radio host was fired by the public broadcaster in October 2014 after sexual assault allegations surfaced.
Ghomeshi is represented by defense lawyer Marie Henein, whose former clients include Michael Bryant, the one-time attorney general. The judge in the trial is William B. Horkins.
Meantime, an hour’s drive away, the trial of two men accused of murdering Tim Bosma (pictured) will begin in a Hamilton courtroom.
Fourteen people, seven men and seven women, have been selected for the jury along with two alternates.
The 32-year-old Ancaster father disappeared on the evening of May 6th 2013 after taking two men for a test drive in a truck he had put up for sale on the internet.
Police allege Bosma’s charred remains were found a week later on the Waterloo-area farm of Dellen Millard, the wealthy hair to a local aviation business, and that Bosma’s truck was found at Millard’s mothers home in Kleinburg.
Millard, 30, and Mark Smich, 28, have been charged with first-degree murder in the case. The lawyers for both men have indicated their clients will be entering not guilty pleas. Millard and Smich face life in prison if convicted.
Bosma’s wife Sharlene is expected to be called to testify as a witness in the trial, which is expected to last four months.
The congregation of Ancaster Christian Reformed Church, which the Bosma family regularly attended, plans to collectively pray at 10 a.m. each morning once the trial gets underway.