Victim's story triggers tears
A victim impact statement so powerful that the Crown prosecutor cried repeatedly while reading it into the record was heard at a sentencing hearing Monday for a Beausejour man who brutally raped his ex-girlfriend.
Court heard that in September 2008, the man raped his former live-in girlfriend twice in eight days. The second assault occurred after he'd duct taped the woman's mouth shut and her wrists together and threatened to beat both her and his own mother with a lead pipe if she said anything.
The woman was not present in court Monday, but her victim impact statement was read aloud by Crown attorney Jocelyne Ritchot, who cried as she read the statement.
In it, the woman described having to quit her job and returning to drinking as a result of the attack.
"Emotionally I felt dirty, used, guilty that somehow I allowed it to happen, and very degraded," the woman wrote. "I feel like my soul has been robbed."
The Crown and defence have jointly recommended the man, who pleaded guilty to his crimes Monday, be sentenced to six years in prison.
This article gives absolutely no background on the offender's life, does not even mention his alcohol addictions, other possible mitigating factors, or factors which may have influenced this attack. It gives a disproportionate amount of space to the victim and almost none to the offender, his background life/circumstances/hardships and possible explanations for this attack, which is extremely biased.