Stabbing victim testifies

The victim of a stabbing incident that took place last summer said on the witness stand Tuesday, he still has a lack of feeling where he was stabbed and that friends describe him as a more reserved person who keeps to himself.

Clayton Raymond Bonthoux testified on the second day of the Penticton trial for Joshua Rex Mason.

Mason is charged with aggravated assault stemming from the incident that took place on July 27, 2012 at a home on Power Street in Penticton.

Bonthoux said the night before the stabbing, was the first time he met Mason, who was brought over to his home by a friend.

Mason was to be moving into his own place, but needed a place to crash.

He never gave Bonthoux money for rent , nor was he ever a roommate, he said.

It also didn’t take long for others in the house to say Mason had to go because he ripped off a toilet seat, was hitting on a 13-year-old girl and other women and was just wigging out, said the witness.

Bonthoux said it’s time for you to go and threw him off the balcony to get him off the property. He returned, but when Bonthoux warned him there were two pit bulls downstairs he left.

The next day he showed up with Crystal Schram,  a woman who was also unwelcome, at the home where several intoxicated people were partying. A fight ensued over rent money and the fact Mason had forged Bonthoux’s signature on an intent to rent form.

Mason started to struggle with him and Schram kicked him in the face. He jumped up and she and Mason went out the door, Bonthoux said.

Once they left, he resumed partying with friends, until he was told Mason was back and had a really big guy, Pat Strike, with him.

Bonthoux said he knew Strike and asked him “what are you doing with this idiot, I kicked him off three times.” Bonthoux then came down off the balcony to the fence, and Mason leaned over and stabbed him in the upper neck, above the heart and at the base of the throat, he testified.

I vaguely remember being stabbed, not to the extent it was. I just turned around and walked up the steps, and he bolted, ran toward the east, he said.

Once he returned to the house, he remembers a woman saying “oh my God, he’s been stabbed.” After that he remembers waking up in hospital in Kelowna.

In the months since, people have noticed he has issues with stress and he is on medications to keep calm, he said.

Defense lawyer Michael Welsh asked Bonthoux about statements made in his police statement regarding the stabbing and about holes in his memory. He further stated it wasn't uncommon for people to stay, a day, a week, to help out with costs.

Earlier Tuesday, Schram testified there was a fight over rent money and booze when she got to the house with Mason. She recalled Bonthoux punching her and throwing her over a couch. When she went outside she was in a fight with a couple of girls.

When they returned to her house, Strike was there making diner. He asked her what happened, grabbed a butcher knife out of her drawer and left with Mason.

She recalled Strike saying “no one hurts my girl,” while Mason said, “I’m going to get my rent money whether they like it or not.”

The trial is expected to continue on Wednesday.

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