Penticton & South Okanagan News
A man accused of a violent assault at a Penticton apartment complex took the witness stand on Thursday.
Kevin Woods, 42, said he was terrified and defending himself when a man came to his door with a knife at his apartment on Skaha Place.
Woods faces assault charges linked to the alleged attack on July 13, 2011.
His testimony came during the continuation of his Penticton trial, which began in October.
On that day, he said he was sitting on the couch with his roommate watching TV when he got up to go to the bathroom and heard someone say “for F…. sake Kevin, I’ve been knocking on your door all day.”
When he opened the door he saw Kenneth Robertson standing there with a knife in his hand. Woods reached behind the door to grab a piece of rebar, because he could see that Robertson was angry and talking really fast, he said.
Roberston, he said, lived on the first floor and he only knew him in passing.
The rebar had been placed by the door earlier, when the woman who lived across the hall had knocked on Wood’s door acting crazy.
As the fight between Robertson and Woods escalated, he said the same woman across the hall came out of her apartment and started yelling, “get him Kenny, kill him.” He remembered swinging the rebar and hitting Robertson.
It was getting more serious, just ugly, he stated, with the woman continuing to yell stuff.
At some point he remembered Robertson saying “you shouldn’t have f…… with my little sister.”
When asked by his defence lawyer Andrew Vandersluys why he didn’t just shut the door, Woods said he has been asking himself that for 14 months.
A second witness for the defence, Woods’ roommate, also testified Thursday.
She said she could hear hollering in the hallway, but didn’t want to go any further when she heard scuffling, so she went back in and locked the door.
She too spoke of the earlier incidence where the woman across the hall came to the door and made threats. She was always coming to the door asking for nail polish or cigarettes, she said.
During submissions from crown counsel Catherine Crockett, who rested her case Thursday morning, said Woods’ version of events painted him as the victim.
But in reality he was tired of people knocking on the door, got mad and was going to chase away whoever knocked.
It was Woods who went toward Robertson with the knife and the pipe in his hand, she said.
Vandersluys stated Robertson was intoxicated at the time and looking for revenge when he confronted Woods.
Judge Meg Shaw will make a decision on the case at a later date.
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