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An Ottawa lady who alleges she was violently raped by Jacob Hoggard appeared “distraught” and never like herself after going to satisfy the singer in Toronto, her associates testified Friday.
Three associates of the complainant, together with siblings who have been her roommates on the time, have been requested to explain the lady’s manner after the Nov. 22, 2016, encounter.
Her shut friend recalled that the complainant known as her from a Tim Hortons whereas she was nonetheless in Toronto and laid out what had occurred, sounding “fairly distraught, very upset.”
The friend went over to the complainant’s dwelling the following day and was shocked when she first noticed her, she stated.
“It was very dangerous,” the friend stated, crying on the stand. “I didn’t acknowledge the particular person … She was very completely different than when she had left. It was arduous to see.”
The complainant’s feminine roommate, who joined them that night, stated she additionally instantly realized “one thing was not proper.” The complainant was “distraught, not herself,” she stated.
“Her manner was utterly off, it appeared like she had been crying … she appeared bodily unwell” and will barely sit down, the roommate stated.
Each girls stated the complainant was limping and seemed to be in pain. The roommate additionally noticed important bruising on the complainant’s pelvic area and legs, she informed the court docket.
In the meantime, the complainant’s male roommate testified he overheard the three girls speaking that night time and “might hear crying.” However he didn’t communicate to the complainant till just a few days later, he stated. She seemed calm at first however grew distraught as she spoke, he stated, including there was “heavy crying.”
Within the days and weeks that adopted, the complainant cried in mattress “very often,” which was not a traditional incidence earlier than then, he stated.
Prosecutors allege Hoggard, the frontman for the band Hedley, violently raped two girls in separate encounters in the autumn of 2016. Neither of the complainants may be recognized underneath a publication ban, nor can their associates and kin.
Hoggard has pleaded not responsible to 2 counts of sexual assault inflicting bodily hurt and one in every of sexual interference, a cost that refers back to the sexual touching of an individual underneath 16.
An agreed assertion of details says Hoggard had a sexual encounter with every complainant on separate events in the autumn of 2016.
Throughout cross-examination Friday, defence legal professionals recommended the shut friend hadn’t noticed any accidents to the complainant and was merely repeating what the complainant had informed her about being in pain.
In addition they famous that in her assertion to police, the friend stated the complainant seemed confused and embarrassed in the preliminary name from Tim Hortons, and seemed to have “combined feelings.”
“She knew one thing mistaken had occurred,” the friend stated.
Earlier Friday, Ontario Superior Courtroom Justice Gillian Roberts acknowledged the Ottawa complainant had, earlier this week, been mistakenly cross-examined on a video clip from a CBC interview that was not, in reality, of her. She instructed jurors to disregard the proof associated to that clip, which concerned feedback about recovering from surgical procedure.
The defence additionally completed its questioning of the Ottawa complainant on Friday, urgent her on messages she exchanged with Hoggard earlier than and after their encounter at a lodge.
The 2 of them mentioned among the issues they deliberate to do on the lodge in the lead-up to the encounter, defence lawyer Megan Savard recommended, and the complainant agreed. The complainant additionally agreed it was a “purely sexual, nearly transactional dialog,” and that she noticed her relationship with Hoggard as one thing extra akin to a one-night stand than a budding romance.
In texts exchanged after the encounter, the defence recommended the lady informed Hoggard she felt he had “crossed a line” and made her “uncomfortable,” but additionally that she “is likely to be overreacting.” In one other message, the defence recommended, the lady thanked Hoggard for responding. The complainant stated that was attainable.
Beneath re-examination from the Crown, the complainant stated she texted Hoggard he had made her uncomfortable as a result of he had raped her. She informed the court docket she minimized the scenario in the opposite messages, as a result of she typically would “make mild” of adverse conditions in order to maneuver on.
These texts didn’t mirror her true emotions, she stated, including she regrets sending them.
The complainant additionally defined why she didn’t go away the lodge when Hoggard was in the bathe _ one thing she was questioned on by the defence earlier this week.
She stated she was too “terrified” to depart through the incident.
“It’s very tough to suppose rationally, to make rational selections. If I might return I’d’ve known as somebody,” she stated.
The complainant testified earlier this week that she got here throughout Hoggard on the courting app Tinder in November 2016 and, later that month, agreed to satisfy him in Toronto, the place they deliberate to have sex.
She stated as soon as she joined him at a lodge, Hoggard raped her anally, vaginally and orally, and at one level choked her arduous sufficient she thought she would possibly die.
Defence legal professionals have recommended she was injured throughout consensual sex and made up rape allegations after Hoggard misplaced curiosity in her.
The opposite complainant, who was 16 on the time, has testified Hoggard raped her vaginally and orally, and tried to take action anally, in September 2016.
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