Vic­tim re­calls vi­o­lent as­sault by co-worker

DNA on cig­a­rette matches blood left at scene of the crime

The Standard (St. Catharines) - - News - ALI­SON LAN­G­LEY

“No one should ever have to wake up cov­ered in blood.”

In On­tario Court of Jus­tice in St. Catharines on Thurs­day, a young woman re­called the ter­ror of be­ing at­tacked while she slept and how the trau­matic ex­pe­ri­ence con­tin­ues to haunt her.

“No 26-year-old should have to sleep with the light on,” she told Judge Peter Wilkie. “I am ter­ri­fied of the dark.”

On Feb. 17, 2017, court heard, a man en­tered the bed­room of her St. Catharines apart­ment and threw an old-style tube tele­vi­sion on top of her head.

The ter­ri­fied woman wrapped her­self in a blan­ket and screamed as she was stomped about the arms and back.

Her at­tacker then trashed the apart­ment and fled, leav­ing be­hind a tire iron.

The vic­tim told po­lice she didn’t see the per­son who at­tacked her but be­lieved it was her co-worker Chad Rivet.

In court Thurs­day, Rivet pleaded guilty to break and en­ter and com­mit as­sault. He is sched­uled to re­turn to court Jan. 9 for sen­tenc­ing.

Rivet, 23, and the vic­tim were both em­ployed at a lo­cal call cen­tre.

As­sis­tant Crown at­tor­ney Jac­que­line Stre­can­sky said the duo had met so­cially sev­eral times and the de­fen­dant had at­tempted to kiss the woman, who re­jected his ad­vances.

Rivet was later ar­rested on an un­re­lated mat­ter and be­lieved his co-worker was some­how re­spon­si­ble for his ar­rest.

What fol­lowed was a cam­paign of in­tim­i­da­tion, Stre­can­sky said, with the de­fen­dant call­ing the woman a “rat” and a “whore” at work.

On New Year’s Eve, he sent her a se­ries of threat­en­ing texts such as “snitches get stitches” and “2017 will be the worst year of your life” and “a rude awak­en­ing is com­ing.”

The as­sault left the woman badly bruised and with a lac­er­a­tion to her head that re­quired sev­eral sta­ples to close.

Blood found near a bro­ken win­dow in the woman’s front door was an­a­lyzed and sent to the Cen­tre of Foren­sic Sciences.

Po­lice placed Rivet un­der sur­veil­lance and were able to re­cover a cig­a­rette butt af­ter he dis­carded it. The DNA on the cig­a­rette was a match to the blood found in the woman’s apart­ment.

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