Penticton & South Okanagan News
Alleged victim testifies
An alleged victim described being pinned down by her arms and legs and raped by David Bobbitt during an incident that took place in Penticton several years ago.
The woman provided the testimony via closed circuit television on the third day of the dangerous offender hearing for Bobbitt in Penticton Supreme Court.
The woman, who cannot be named because of a publication ban on anything identifying her, said she woke up at Bobbitt's place at around 9:30 a.m., to the sound of him pacing.
She could also hear him saying in an angry voice that "he was going to kill her, her ex-boyfriend and her dad."
"As he was pacing and saying this he was looking at me," she said. "I said what are you talking about. I didn't, expletive, my ex-boyfriend. Even with him I didn't have sex. I didn't enjoy sex."
As he was pacing, she explained, he had a mean, stressed and scary look on his face.
As soon as he finished raving, he walked right over to the bed, jumped on top of her and pinned her down by the arms and legs, like a wrestler.
"I said get off me, and he immediately ripped my pants right down. I wasn't wearing underwear and had a skirt on over my pants. The skirt came off, and my whole lower half was naked," she said.
As she was pinned down, Bobbitt engaged in a sexual act and said "You want this, you deserve this." In response, she said, "no get off of me."
He did not get off, she said. Instead he kept her confined, using his body weight the entire time to hold her down while covering her face and mouth.
"I was trying to scream," she said. "He had his hands over my mouth, one hand over my mouth, one hand over my neck, strangling me, because I was trying to scream."
The ordeal continued for 45 minutes. At one point, she testified, she could not breathe and was worried it would reach the point where she blacked out.
"He was doing all sorts of things to keep me down as he raped me repeatedly," she said. "He was purely pounding himself in me, forcing himself in me, and it hurt like hell."
At one point, when he took his hand off her mouth, she told him he was disgusting and to please get off me.
Finally he tired and stopped, and she immediately backed up from him.
As he was putting his pants on, she realized she only had an instant to escape from him. She put on her pants, grabbed her blouse and left with her two dogs.
"I speed walked with both dogs on leashes. I looked for people, because I knew he'd be after me," she said.
She walked into a store, and had told a worker to call 911 because she had been raped, when Bobbitt walked in behind her.
She whispered to the woman call 911 and said "can you please call me a cab."
"I tried to communicate I was in danger with my eyes, terror on my face," she said. "She knew I was in trouble by my face."
Bobbitt then moved to a parking lot, where he was ranting, "You'd better not be calling the cops."
After he left, she went by cab to a friend's house.
When asked by crown counsel Nashina Devji why she didn't go to the police or hospital immediately, she said she was too traumatized and felt it would be better to go on safe ground.
The next morning she went to the hospital in Oliver, where she reported she had been raped in Penticton.
The hospital staff called the police, and she was taken to the Penticton detachment where she made her report.
A police officer then took her to the hospital in Kelowna.
Among her injuries, she testified, were obvious scratches on her forehead and neck and bruises on her nose, neck, arms and legs.
The woman broke down and started crying at this point in her testimony. She resumed testifying after a short break.
Cross examination by defence lawyer James Pennington is expected to take place on Thursday.
Bobbitt's side of the story was given in a police statement earlier in the hearing.
Another victim, from a 2011 incident. is expected to testify during the hearing, which is slated to go to July 8, then continue in September.
Bobbitt pleaded guilty to all seven of the counts he was facing in relation to the 2011 incident in April of 2013.
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