Sailors accused of sexual assault are bailed

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FOUR Royal Navy sailors accused of a sexual assault in Canada have been bailed.

Darren Smalley, 35, and Simon Radford, 31, both of Gosport, and Craig Stoner, 24, of Stonehouse and Joshua Finbow, 23, of Stockkbridge appeared in front of a Canadian court today charged with one count of sexual assault.

It is alleged to have happened at barracks in Shearwater, Nova Scotia.

A spokesman for the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service said that all of them have been released on a cash bail of $3,000 each.

He added: ‘They must stay in Nova Scotia. They must surrender their passports and not get replacement passports. They will stay employed with the British navy.’

Other conditions include being housed at the CFB Stadacona barracks, having no contact with the victim or any witnesses and that they must keep the peace and be of good behaviour.

It has previously been revealed that the sailors were in Shearwater playing in a hockey tournament with Canadian armed forces.

The sailors are due back before court on Wednesday, May 27 at 9.30am.

*Picture via Twitter from Mayya Assouad (@Mayya_Global), reporter with Global News