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The mother of a woman who was sexually assaulted in Penticton told the court her daughter would shut down if she had to testify in person.

Her testimony was on the first day of the David Bobbitt dangerous offender/sentencing hearing, which is expected to continue until July 8, with another portion set for September.

The woman said her daughter had to have someone with her 24 hours a day after the incident, and for months afterward whenever she put her baby in the car seat, she had to turn around to make sure no one was behind her.

When she moved to West Bank, she would sometimes call in the middle of the night and say I have to come home.

It has been a battle, but she is getting better. Still when it comes to this hearing, the mother didn't think she could get her through the front door.

Upon further questioning by crown counsel Nashina Devji, she said, the young woman has told her she would shut down, and her mother has no doubt she would.

Upon hearing the testimony from the mother, as well as reading a letter from the victim's counsellor, Judge Peter Rogers determined she could testify via closed circuit television.

The application made by the crown for the young woman to appear by closed circuit TV was just one the judge heard Monday.

Another alleged victim has said the idea of facing Bobbitt terrifies her, according to Devji.

A decision on that application was not made as of Monday morning.

Several witnesses including RCMP officers and another alleged victim are expected to testify during the hearing.

Bobbitt was charged with a violent assault on the young woman, whose mother spoke Monday, at Dave's Second Hand Store in Pentiction in 2011.

Her toddler was found unharmed nearby.

He pleaded guilty to all seven of the counts he was facing in April of 2013.


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