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Bobbitt: Psychiatrist testifies

A psychiatrist who interviewed David Bobbitt after a 2011 sexual assault in Penticton, took the witness stand on Wednesday.

Dr. S. Lohrasbe told the court, he had an advantage going into the interview of having substantial information on Bobbitt ahead of time. Thus his role in regards to his mental state was finding something significant that had not been covered.

The main theme that came through, he said, was that Bobbitt considers himself a non-violent person.

"He kept saying things like, people would laugh at the idea I am violent," said Lohrasbe.

Bobbitt also discussed things in an exaggerated fashion, like he was on stage, and portrayed himself as a flawless and kind man, with everyone around him being unfair.

He was a little restless, but not overly anxious, and there was this peculiar wishful thinking that he would soon be out, said the psychiatrist.

Overall, he said, his findings were that Bobbitt had psychopathic traits.

During further questioning by crown counsel Deb Drissell, Lohrasbe said Bobbitt was contradictory when he talked about his background.

In regards to his father and stepmother, he said they treated him well, but then later said she was abusive.

Another inconsistency was he said all his childhood problems resulted from pain, but medical records don't support that. He did acknowledge he had behavioral problems in school, again the result of pain.

In regards to his school records, Drissell brought up that his behaviour was very disruptive, including taking a knife to school, and that he physically beat-up some grade 6 girls.

In response, Lohrasbe said with those with psychopathic traits, the onset of violence early is sometime common.

Drissell stated he also threw a desk against a wall, and called a teacher an 'expletive' bitch, thus going from assaulting young girls to a teacher.

When asked about the 2011 incident, where a young woman was assaulted in his Penticton store, Bobbitt told the psychiatrist the victim was setting him up.

This led Lohrasbe to claim Bobbitt had no devotion to the truth, he simply says whatever paints him in the best possible light and is manufacturing things on the fly.

Part of having these psychopathic qualities is having a complete disregard for the truth, in a reckless way says Lohrasbe.

In terms of shifting responsibility there is no question he blames her, the victim, for the physical violence as well as for seducing him during the incident, said the doctor.

Another thing he told Lohrasbe, was, "if he didn't go to jail, he would make sure she was looked after by the enormous funds he had, and thank God I didn't hurt her too bad."

When Lohrasbe asked what this meant, he said, "it could have been a lot worse." From which the doctor assumed he meant, he could have killed her.

Other examples were given of threats Bobbitt has made, and Lohrasbe stated that going back quite a while Bobbitt has harboured homicidal thoughts.

When questioned further about what being psychopathic means, the witness explained it is psychopathic personality disorder and one per cent of the population have it.

They are massively over represented in prison and responsible for a disproportionate amount of violence in our communities. People with these traits are incredibly reckless, not just with other's lives but with their own, he stated.

Crown counsel further stated that not only was this a vicious assault on the victim, being that she was hit over the head with a hammer, but her 22-month-old son was also there.

The witness said he was unsure how to compute this into his assessment, but it would be obviously damaging to mother and child.

The testimony of this same expert witness will continue Thursday, with defence lawyer James Pennington expected to begin with his line of questioning.

This is the second week of Bobbitt's dangerous offender/sentencing hearing.

He pleaded guilty last year to the 2011 incident, which took place in July at Dave's Second Hand Store in Penticton.

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