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Bobbitt on hold till Sept
The first portion of the dangerous offender/sentencing hearing for David Bobbitt concluded Thursday in a Penticton courtroom.
The hearing is now set to resume at 2 p.m. on Sept. 2, with more witnesses.
Most of the day, Thursday, was taken up with continued testimony from Shabehram Lohrasbe, a forensic psychiatrist.
During questioning by crown counsel Deb Drissell regarding possible treatment for Bobbitt, Lohrasbe responded that he sees the obstacles as being huge for this man.
It would also be difficult, the psychiatrist said, to see him in the foreseeable future as getting to the point where he could be successfully managed in the community.
When provided with hypothetical information about an alleged sexual assault in 2007, in addition to the 2011 incident, which Bobbitt pleaded guilty to, Lohrasbe responded this would show an escalation in sexual violence.
He further stated the damage done psychologically and physically in the 2011 incident were on the high end of the scale.
Defence lawyer James Pennington initially asked questions about the documents the psychiatrist had access to and if Bobbitt were placed in five months of treatment, then allowed to take it again, if that would be successful.
Lohrasbe responded "If you are asking me if by recycling he would eventually get to the point where we can manage the risk in the community, I don't see any indication of that."
He added the problem with personality, it is extraordinarily difficult to change.
In terms of Bobbitt's treatment behind bars, based on what happened in 2011, Lohrasbe said with the publicity he got, he is a low man on the totem pole, and he suspects he could be targeted.
Pennington further asked the witness if he was aware that drugs are readily available at Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre and asked Lohrasbe if when he interviewed Bobbitt, he was able to rule out he was not under the influence.
The witness responded he did ask that, but was not in a position to rule that out.
Defence also asked the witness if Bobbitt was to take in a woman who suffered a head injury, would that show empathy. This question was related to the alleged incident in 2007.
Lohrasbe said yes, if he was motivated by a response to her needs, not other things.
Justice Peter Rogers, asked the witness to leave toward the end of the proceedings, so he could ask crown if they will put witnesses on the stand to address the issue of supervision in the community.
He suggested that Lohrasbe would be qualified to answer these questions. The witness was then asked to return and questioned further on this matter.
In response, Lohrasbe said things could change, but as it stands he wouldn't even think of managing him in the community as he sits now.
When asked if the fact he assaulted a stranger played any role, the witness responded that an assault on a complete stranger brings an air of unpredictability and makes management more challenging.
The victim of the 2011 incident in Dave's Second Hand Store in Penticton did not testify during the first two weeks of the hearing.
Other witnesses who took the stand included her mother, the alleged victim of the 2007 incident, in which no charges were laid, RCMP officers and medical experts.
Bobbitt showed little emotion during this first part of the proceedings. He pleaded guilty to charges from the 2011 incident, last year.
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