‘Incredibly ignorant argument’
Judge finds Derek Lloyd Bruce MacPherson more believable than alleged assault victim
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.