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Osoyoos man stands trial for sex assault

Blood covered the walls and floors of a residence, according to the witnesses to an assault in Oliver where a woman’s labia had been bitten off.

Brian Douglas Louie was charged with aggravated sexual assault and assault causing bodily harm, his trial started at the Penticton courthouse on Tuesday. The identity of the complainant is under publication ban.

Crown counsel Vern Frolick said it was on the morning of May 20, 2011 the woman underwent surgery to repair an artery that was severed in her vagina from a human bite, she also had multiple contusions to her head and a cut to her eyebrow that had to be sutured.

One man who was at the residence where a party was taking place the night before said Louie had been verbally expressing his displeasure with how the complainant was dressed, but other than that the party had a “positive” atmosphere.

The witness said he was jarred awake early the following morning when he heard screaming and ran to the living room. He saw Louie cock his arm back and punch in a downwards motion to the complainant, who was on the floor. The witness said the woman was struck several times in that manner then he saw the accused kneeing and kicking her in the head.

“He is doing whatever it takes to do as much damage as possible,” said the witness.

As the witness got closer to the altercation his girlfriend grabbed his arm and pulled him into the washroom as she was calling 9-1-1. He said they locked the door, fearing that Louie would come after them and could only listen to what he called sounds of the woman being beaten and screams of “agony.” This went on for about five minutes before Louie left.

Police arrived at the scene and while waiting for an ambulance to arrive a friend of the complainant said she couldn’t wait any longer because of the large amounts of blood loss that was occurring and offered to drive the complainant. RCMP then put the woman in their cruiser and drove her to the hospital.

The trial is expected to last two to three days. Crown counsel said the complainant most likely will take the stand to testify on Wednesday.

 

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