Penticton man accused of brutal assault pleads guilty

Penticton man, David Wesley Bobbitt, pleaded guilty to all charges related to an attack on a woman and her toddler in July 2011.

Penticton man

Penticton man

Family of the victim of a vicious attack in July 2011 wiped away tears as a Penticton man pleaded guilty to all seven charges.

David Wesley Bobbitt appeared via video from Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre on Monday in Penticton Supreme Court, answering “guilty” to each of the following charges: two counts of unlawful confinement or imprisonment, aggravated assault, aggravated sexual assault, two counts of uttering threats and assault with a weapon.

The victim, whose name is protected by a court order, was not at the proceedings and family did not want to provide a comment other than they are glad Bobbitt is pleading guilty to all the charges.

Bobbitt stood with his hands shackled to address the pleas, only once straying from his emotionless answers by shaking his head side to side slightly and shrugging, stating “guilty” when asked his plea on the charge of aggravated assault against the victim’s toddler.

It was during the July long weekend in 2011 that a 22-year-old Penticton woman and her toddler son were held inside Dave’s Second Hand Store for over 10 hours. The woman was confined to a bed in the Ellis Street store and beaten by Bobbitt. Friends of the victim said she suffered bruising down her arms from fighting him off, two black eyes and she required 60 staples in her head.

A friend of the victim also told the Western News that the 22-year-old was at the store to buy a mattress for her son and was on her way out when she was knocked out with a sledgehammer or mallet.

Family contacted RCMP when the victim did not drop off her child before she was to go to work, and began scouring Penticton and area for any signs of her. It was in the early morning hours when the woman’s car was found with the windows rolled down and doors unlocked in a parking lot across the street from the store. The family of the woman began searching nearby buildings and RCMP eventually joined in, finding her and the toddler in the store. Bobbitt had already fled.

A manhunt ensued for four days before Bobbitt was arrested in the Oliver/Osoyoos area as he walked along Highway 97. An orchardist noted an individual setting up camp on his property and asked the man to leave. Following the conversation the orchardist realized it was the person RCMP had been looking for.

Justice Geoff Barrow ordered an assessment done on Bobbitt for the Crown’s application for a dangerous, long-term offender status. His next appearance in court is scheduled for July 22 to fix a date for the application hearing and sentencing.

Just Posted

Osoyoos chef Murray McDonald was ecstatic upon realizing he scored the $1 million guaranteed prize in the June 2, 2021 Lotto 6/49 draw. (Contributed)
Osoyoos chef ecstatic after bagging $1 million Lotto 6/49 win

Chef Murray McDonald was at home and ready to doze off to sleep when he got a text from his wife

(File photo)
Additional service coming to two Penticton bus routes

Both service changes were made to meet increased demand over the summer

It's believed the Sacred Hearts church on PIB land burned Sunday night. (Aileen Mascasaet Maningas)
UPDATE: Two churches on band land in South Okanagan burn to the ground

Sacred Hearts church on Penticton Indian Band land was reduced to rubble

The Coquihalla Lakes washroom is getting upgrades. (Submitted)
Okanagan Connector to get upgrades to aging washrooms

The Ministry of Transportation recently announced $1 million in funding for the upgrades

People at the beach in front of Discovery Bay Resort on Tuesday, July 14. (Michael Rodriguez - Capital News)
Heat wave forecast for Okanagan-Shuswap

Temperatures are forecast to hit record breaking highs this week

The border crossing into the United States is seen during the COVID-19 pandemic in Lacolle, Que. on February 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
VIDEO: Border quarantine to soon lift for fully vaccinated Canadians

Eligible travellers must still take multiple COVID-19 tests

One Reconciliation Pole and two Welcome Figures were unveiled during a ceremony in honour of truth and reconciliation on National Peoples Indigenous Day at the Vancouver School District in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday, June 21, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Horgan marks Indigenous Peoples Day by urging recognition of systemic racism

National Indigenous Peoples Day has been marked in Canada since 1996

A man makes his way past signage to a mass COVID-19 vaccination centre at the University of Toronto’s Mississauga campus during the COVID-19 pandemic in Mississauga, Ont., on Monday, May 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Canadians encouraged to see mRNA shots as interchangeable as more 2nd doses open up

Doctos urge people not to hesitate if offered Moderna after getting Pfizer for their first shot

Chief of Defence Staff Jonathan Vance sits in the front row during a news conference in Ottawa on June 26, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Defence committee rises without report on Vance allegations

Committee had been investigating the government’s handling of complaints against former defence chief

A 1969 Barracuda convertible like this one is being refurbished by Rust Valley Restorers and raffled off to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity Kamloops, which includes the Salmon Arm/Shuswap area. (Image contributed)
Rust Valley Restorers’ work will lead drive for attainable housing in Salmon Arm

Habitat for Humanity Kamloops’ Classic Car raffle features ‘69 Barracuda convertible

t
Motorcyclist critically injured in Westside Road collision

Motorcyclist collides with vehicle, struck by another: preliminary police findings

Asia Youngman (right) is pictured shooting another short film she wrote and directed titled Hatha. (Luba Popovic)
Peachland set to star in fantasy thriller film about N’xaxaitk’w — a.k.a. the Ogopogo

The film will follow an Indigenous teen as she navigates peer pressure, bullying and identity

The Crofton trailer park home where the bodies of two people were found. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Kelowna mom still waiting for answers after daughter and her fiance found dead

Pair discovered in their Vancouver Island home in May identified as Rachel Gardner and Paul Jenkins

Tony Costa/ Facebook
UPDATE: Out-of-control fire burning above Peachland

The blaze sparked on Sunday and is believed to be lightning caused

Most Read