‘In­cred­i­bly ig­no­rant ar­gu­ment’

Judge finds Derek Lloyd Bruce MacPher­son more be­liev­able than al­leged as­sault vic­tim

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND - BY JIM DAY Jim.Day@the­guardian.pe.ca Twit­ter.com/PEIGuardian

A judge found a man not guilty of as­sault­ing his for­mer girl­friend af­ter hear­ing two ver­sions of what amounted to an “in­cred­i­bly ig­no­rant ar­gu­ment.’’

Chief Pro­vin­cial Court Judge Nancy Orr said the ac­cused, Derek Lloyd Bruce MacPher­son, gave be­liev­able, straight­for­ward tes­ti­mony in court Fri­day.

Orr noted MacPher­son was “un­shaken in cross-ex­am­i­na­tion.’’

MacPher­son tes­ti­fied he got into a heated ar­gu­ment with his then girl­friend, Sa­man­tha Ruth Rob­bins, on May 17. Vul­gar in­sults were ex­changed.

MacPher­son told the court Rob­bins struck him in the face with the back of her hand, leav­ing a small mark, which was ob­served that night by an of­fi­cer re­spond­ing to a 911 call.

He said Rob­bins also ripped off her neck­lace and broke her e-cig­a­rette by throw­ing it against the wall.

He tes­ti­fied he never laid a hand on Rob­bins.

“The as­sault didn’t hap­pen,’’ he told the court.

“I didn’t push her at all.’’ Rob­bins of­fered quite a dif­fer­ent ac­count of the evening.

She tes­ti­fied MacPher­son grabbed her by the col­lar and pushed her. She also claimed MacPher­son snapped her eci­garette in half.

“I was just scared of what he might do,’’ Rob­bins told the court.

Orr found MacPher­son not guilty on all three charges he was fac­ing: com­mit­ting as­sault on Rob­bins, break­ing an or­der to keep the peace and com­mit­ting mis­chief by dam­ag­ing the e-cig­a­rette.

MacPher­son is no stranger to the court­room.

He has been con­victed for com­mit­ting fraud over $5,000, com­mit­ting as­sault in June 2014, and caus­ing mis­chief by dam­ag­ing prop­erty.

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