Good deed is punished

The victim of a stabbing in Spallumcheen almost three years ago has described the ordeal he went through after inviting a homeless man back to his place for dinner and a warm place to sleep.

Cameron Ormiston, 39, who has suffered his own problems with addiction and homelessness, told B.C. Supreme Court in Vernon on Monday that he saw the accused, Maurice Taillon, when he walked into Armstrong for his methadone on Nov. 13, 2014.

Taillon, 62, has pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated assault and assault with a weapon. The trial is being conducted in french for the accused.

The two chatted and had a drink together before Ormiston invited Taillon back to a Spallumcheen residence on Upper McLeod Road being rented by his ex wife.

“There had been a cold weather warning,” Ormiston told the court. “It was minus 17 or something like that, but clear and sunny.”

Ormiston said he didn't have the heart to leave Taillon sleeping outside in the cold.

“I offered him some food and a warm place to sleep for the night.”

While the ex-wife went to work, Ormiston described making dinner for Taillon and another friend, how they'd had more to drink and had been singing and playing a guitar.

At one point, Ormiston sold Taillon a black, eight inch fishing blade for $5 that he'd been using while cooking.

Ormiston fell asleep in the living room only to have his ex-wife wake him up after her return and express her unease at having Taillon stay in the house.

“He was talking loudly and he was stabbing a knife into Lisa's coffee table in the living room,” Ormiston said.

The couple went to bed but Taillon continued to make noise and walk through the residence.

“Lisa was upset and wanted him to leave because she didn't feel safe or comfortable with him being there.”

Ormiston got another friend who was sleeping in a bedroom and they forcibly walked a struggling Taillon and his bicycle to the edge of the property.

“He didn't want to leave....He was worried about his bike and he wanted to go to the liquor store. I was trying to convince him to head down the driveway.”

At the end of the rural property, the two let go of Taillon and then “with two hands, he turned around and drove, I thought he had punched me, but he drove a knife into my left abdomen. I was quite shocked,” Ormiston said.

Taillon continued to shout while the victim ordered his friend to call 911 and get the van so they could head into Armstrong and meet an ambulance.

“I knew I needed medical assistance as fast as possible.”

Ormiston underwent surgery at Vernon Jubilee Hopital.

“I had a puncture wound that was stapled just below my ribs. I had a cut in the centre of my abdomen that is eight to 10 inches long (as a result of the surgery).”

Taillon was arrested by an RCMP officer in Armstrong on Nov. 14, some hours after the incident.

The trial continues.

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