Posted: Aug 27, 2013 11:37 AM ET: Last Updated: Aug 27, 2013 2:05 PM ET
Ontario sisters must pay uncle $125K for false sex abuse claims
"A judge has ordered two sisters from Ancaster, Ont., to pay their uncle $125,000 in libel damages for falsely accusing him of sexually assaulting them in a rural farmhouse when they were children.
“I find that the evidence adduced at trial was not of the clear and cogent nature required to substantiate the defendants' claim of sexual abuse,” wrote Ontario Superior Court Justice Andrew Goodman in his decision in the case of Patricia and Sarah Vanderkooy.
According to court documents, the accusations ripped apart the Vanderkooy family — a large group from the Netherlands who were part of the Christian Reformed Church.
Patricia and Sarah Vanderkooy alleged Jack Vanderkooy sexually assaulted them when the two were staying at his Simcoe, Ont., farm in the early 1980s. Criminal charges were never laid. Philip Tunley, the lawyer for the two sisters, told CBC News the family will not comment on the case."