Expert confirms sex attack
Ranchers blame military after 160 head of cattle die in fire
injuries suffered by a Calgary woman, who said she was brutally assaulted and raped in a downtown parking structure, were consistent with non-consensual sex, a doctor testified thursday.
dr. Johanne Gastonguay said she examined the woman after she was brought by ambulance to Foothills hospital on dec. 20, 2015. Gastonguay told Crown prosecutor deven Singhal even in cases of rape it’s rare to find medical evidence of forced intercourse. but, she said, she found evidence of serious injury to the now-49-year-old complainant, who can’t be identified.
“i have done many gynecological examinations over the course of 25 years; i have never seen that (type of damage),” said Gastonguay, a member of the Calgary Sexual assault response team.
Singhal asked, “are these injuries that you observed consistent with someone being sexually assaulted?” “yes,” the doctor replied. On trial for aggravated sexual assault is Calgarian andy dick Ntunaguza, 32.
Under cross-examination by law student ramai alvarez, Gastonguay said it was possible dNa was left by one sexual partner of the woman’s while a second man could have caused the injuries. dNa testing following the woman’s hospitalization found Ntunaguza’s semen present.
meanwhile, defence counsel dale Fedorchuk completed his cross-examination of the complainant on thursday.
Near the end of his questioning, he suggested the accused never hit her, or choked her.
“do you agree or disagree?” Fedorchuk asked. “i agree,” she said. the trial continues Friday with legal issues and the jury is back on monday.
BINDLOSS, Alta. — When the residents of Bindloss wake up in the morning, they often don’t take in the rising sun.
Instead they turn their attention to the south, towards The Block — other Albertans know it as Canadian Forces Base Suffield — to see if there’s smoke.
“We live on pins and needles every time we see smoke,” said Jenner fire Chief Jeff Lewandoski.
Their fears turned into reality late Monday when fire scorched ranchers’ land near the base, leading to the loss of property, the death 160 cattle and a mass evacuation.
“Things have got to change. Somebody is going to die,” said Bindloss Mayor Daryl Swenson at a community meeting Thursday held in response to the blaze, attended by residents and local politicians.
The community called CFB Suffield a regular source of fire and area residents said they are fed up with the situation.
“I want to get the military to be responsible for their
The former fiancée of a Calgary police officer said Thursday she was the victim of domestic violence.
And Const. Mark McCullough agreed there was domestic abuse in his southeast home last November — but said he was the victim.
Jessica Nelson told court she was assaulted by McCullough on Nov. 11 and Nov. 20, 2016, while she was more than 30 weeks pregnant with his child.
McCullough, 44, faces three charges of assault in connection with the two alterations.
Nelson told prosecutor Dane Rolfe the accused chased her from the house on Nov. 11, after she grabbed his cellphone. She said he grabbed her by the wrist and used a manoeuvre to put her to the ground.
But defence lawyer Cory Wilson suggested the incident happened differently, and his client agreed.
McCullough testified he chased after Nelson and grabbed his phone out of her hand, denying he forced her actions,” said Swenson.
The military said Wednesday it is investigating whether soldiers in training, who disposed of an unexploded artillery shell by blowing it up, sparked the grass fire.
Maj. Hugh Atwell, acting commander of the base, said a fire crew was there as a precaution, but the explosion and gusty winds caused flames to spread quickly in the dry grass.
Atwell said it is not clear if the explosion caused the fire outside the base.
“At this time I cannot conclusively to the ground.
Nelson said the violence escalated nine days later when she and McCullough got into an argument, which was typical in their tumultuous relationship, which included infidelity by both parties.
She said the officer, who is currently suspended with pay, told her at 5 a.m. that morning he wanted to get drunk.
Fearing he could harm himself if he did so, she began pouring bottles of booze down their kitchen sink.
She said McCullough then grabbed her wrists and subsequently her biceps and marched her out of the kitchen.
“He started yelling how pathetic I am and that I will never be stronger than him,” she said.
At one point McCullough grabbed her from behind.
“He reached from behind me and picked me up from the top of the stomach,” she said. “He had lifted me by our baby.”
But McCullough offered a different recollection. He told say that that fire was the result of the fire that started on base,” Atwell said Wednesday.
Locals bitterly dispute the military’s version of events.
“I was first on scene,” said Buffalo fire Chief Pat Kukura.
He said he watched the fire come closer and closer from the base perimeter, but his crews are not allowed to enter the area.
Jack Stelter said the issue of fires coming from the base is a problem they’ve been battling for years.
“They tell us they want to Wilson that Nelson had struck him and he put her in a bear hug to get her out of the area.
Both said the physical altercation continued upstairs when Nelson went to pack after McCullough told her to leave.
She said she was in her son’s bedroom when McCullough came into the room.
Nelson said McCullough put his hands around her neck and went from choking her to pushing her towards the floor, where she struck her ribs and right forearm on her son’s bed.
McCullough’s version again differed, explaining he had gone up to see her son and she attacked him again. At that point he used a take-down method to get her to stop.
Wilson and Rolfe will provide written submissions in the case to provincial court Judge John Holmes.
A date for Holmes’ verdict will be set Monday. @KMartinCourts be our friends and our neighbours,” he said.
“They’re not really good friends … and they’re bad neighbours.”
Ivan Schlaht, who lost the most cattle in the fire, said while he didn’t take any photos of the animals, others did for insurance purposes.
“It’s the goriest thing I’ve ever seen,” he said of walking the fields where his animals died.
“I don’t wish that on anyone.”
Nine-year CPS veteran Mark McCullough outside Calgary Courts Centre. McCullough is charged with assault in connection with a case of domestic abuse in November 2016.