UPDATE: Fort St. John lawyer accused of sexual assault

A Fort St. John lawyer is in the midst of a trial for sexual assault after a night out in Vancouver in 2020, according to the Vancouver Sun.

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UPDATE: To read Zeunert’s testimony from Wednesday, click here.

VANCOUVER, B.C. — A Fort St. John lawyer is in the midst of a trial for sexual assault after a night out in Vancouver in 2020, according to the Vancouver Sun.

Robert Zeunert has pleaded not guilty to the assault of a woman who cannot be identified due to a publication ban.

The complainant told a B.C. Supreme Court jury on Thursday what she remembers about the night of February 18th, 2020.

According to the Vancouver Sun, the complainant said she had gone to the Railway Club in downtown Vancouver after work for some drinks with colleagues to “blow off steam.” The woman told the court how she had many drinks over several hours at the bar, and the group got into a debate with some men sitting nearby.

The complainant called herself “very drunk” and said she began talking to Zeunert, who told her he had worked as a Crown prosecutor and was a lawyer working in Fort St. John.

She told the court that she did not remember when the two left the bar and had trouble recalling events. Her next memory was of her standing outside smoking a cigarette, facing the club.

The woman said she next remembers having trouble standing on her feet on a corner near Georgia Street and the Vancouver Hotel. She said she remembered going through the Hotel Vancouver and coming out onto Burrard Street.

According to the Vancouver Sun, the court was told the alleged sexual assault occurred in the Sutton Place Hotel on Burrard.

The complainant said she remembered going into a hotel elevator but not who pressed the button. She then recalled Zeunert opening a hotel room door.

Upon entering the hotel room, she said she dropped her bag and coat and then dropped face-down on the bed “like a ton of bricks.”

She said she didn’t recall whether words were spoken but wondered whether or not she was safe.

The Vancouver Sun said she told the jury that she could not recall that night’s exact order of events.

The complainant told the jury that she woke up in the bed with her pants and underwear taken off and Zeunert between her legs performing oral sex on her.

At one point, she said Zeunert was beside her, trying to grope or touch her chest.

Crown Counsel Phillip Sebellin asked the complainant if she had consented to sexual contact, to which she reportedly responded, “absolutely not.”

She said when she woke up, she felt “horrified” as she saw Zeunert naked in the bed beside her, said the Vancouver Sun.

The complainant said she wanted to get dressed and leave the hotel room.

She explained that Zeunert then woke up and asked her if she wanted to see him again and handed her his business card before she left.

The Vancouver Sun said Zeunert’s lawyer, Richard Gibbs, confirmed with the complainant that Zeunert was a stranger to her at the time.

Gibbs took the complainant through several video clips of her and Zeunert sitting at the bar.

She said she couldn’t remember much of the conversation between her and Zeunert as she was “very” drunk.

Gibbs highlighted a clip where she was reaching out to Zeunert’s forehead and another where Zeunert had his hand on her shoulder and was leaning in to speak with her.

Gibbs asked her what was happening, and the complainant said she didn’t know, according to the Vancouver Sun.

The trial is ongoing.

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