He was ‘punching me in the head, multiple times,’ witness
Defence challenges credibility of complainant’s testimony in cross-examination
By Mark Gollom, CBC News Posted: Feb 01, 2016
“He pulls my head down, and at the same time, he’s punching me in the head, multiple times,” the woman, whose identity is protected by a publication ban, said in Ontario Court in Toronto.
“I’m terrified. I don’t know why he’s doing this, I don’t know if he’s going to stop. Can I take this pain? And my ears are ringing, and I felt like I was going to faint. I’m going to end up passed out on his floor. And I start to cry.”
The credibility of the woman’s testimony was later challenged aggressively by Ghomeshi’s lawyer, Marie Henein, who called into question her recollection of key events.
Ghomeshi, 48, who lives in Toronto, has pleaded not guilty in court to four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking, all related to assaults alleged to have taken place from 2002 to 2003. The trial is by judge only and is being heard by Judge William Horkins.
Wearing a charcoal suit, Ghomeshi sat silent in the courtroom, occasionally scribbling down notes during the trial.
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