Ex­pert con­firms sex at­tack

Ranch­ers blame mil­i­tary af­ter 160 head of cat­tle die in fire

Calgary Sun - - NEWS - — Kevin Martin JACKIE IR­WIN Postmedia Net­work — With files from The Cana­dian Press

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.

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