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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 pals testified Friday.
Three pals of the complainant, together with siblings who have been her roommates on the time, have been requested to explain the girl’s manner after the Nov. 22, 2016, encounter.
Her shut good friend recalled that the complainant referred to as her from a Tim Hortons whereas she was nonetheless in Toronto and laid out what had occurred, sounding “quite distraught, very upset.”
The good friend went over to the complainant’s residence the following day and was greatly surprised when she first noticed her, she mentioned.
“It was very bad,” the good friend mentioned, crying on the stand. “I didn’t recognize the person … She was very different than when she had left. It was hard to see.”
The complainant’s feminine roommate, who joined them that night, mentioned she additionally instantly realized “something was not right.” The complainant was “distraught, not herself,” she mentioned.
“Her demeanour was completely off, it looked like she had been crying … she looked physically unwell” and will barely sit down, the roommate mentioned.
Both girls mentioned the complainant was limping and appeared to be in ache. The roommate additionally noticed important bruising on the complainant’s pelvic area and legs, she advised the courtroom.
Meanwhile, the complainant’s male roommate testified he overheard the three girls speaking that evening and “could hear crying.” But he didn’t communicate to the complainant till a number of days later, he mentioned. She appeared calm at first however grew distraught as she spoke, he mentioned, including there was “heavy crying.”
In the times and weeks that adopted, the complainant cried in mattress “quite often,” which was not a standard prevalence earlier than then, he mentioned.
Prosecutors allege Hoggard, the frontman for the band Hedley, violently raped two girls in separate encounters within the fall of 2016. Neither of the complainants will be recognized underneath a publication ban, nor can their pals and relations.
Hoggard has pleaded not responsible to 2 counts of sexual assault inflicting bodily hurt and one in all sexual interference, a cost that refers back to the sexual touching of an individual underneath 16.
An agreed assertion of info says Hoggard had a sexual encounter with every complainant on separate events within the fall of 2016.
During cross-examination Friday, defence legal professionals prompt the shut good friend hadn’t noticed any accidents to the complainant and was merely repeating what the complainant had advised her about being in ache.
They additionally famous that in her assertion to police, the good friend mentioned the complainant appeared confused and embarrassed within the preliminary name from Tim Hortons, and appeared to have “mixed emotions.”
“She knew something wrong had happened,” the good friend mentioned.
Earlier Friday, Ontario Superior Court 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, the truth is, 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 two of them mentioned a few of the issues they deliberate to do on the lodge within the lead-up to the encounter, defence lawyer Megan Savard prompt, and the complainant agreed. The complainant additionally agreed it was a “purely sexual, almost transactional conversation,” 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 prompt the girl advised Hoggard she felt he had “crossed a line” and made her “uncomfortable,” but in addition that she “might be overreacting.” In one other message, the defence prompt, the girl thanked Hoggard for responding. The complainant mentioned that was doable.
Under re-examination from the Crown, the complainant mentioned she texted Hoggard he had made her uncomfortable as a result of he had raped her. She advised the courtroom she minimized the scenario within the different messages, as a result of she usually would “make light” of adverse conditions to be able to transfer on.
Those texts didn’t replicate her true emotions, she mentioned, including she regrets sending them.
The complainant additionally defined why she didn’t go away the lodge when Hoggard was within the bathe _ one thing she was questioned on by the defence earlier this week.
She mentioned she was too “terrified” to go away through the incident.
“It’s very difficult to think rationally, to make rational decisions. If I could go back I would’ve called someone,” she mentioned.
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 intercourse.
She mentioned as soon as she joined him at a lodge, Hoggard raped her anally, vaginally and orally, and at one level choked her exhausting sufficient she thought she may die.
Defence legal professionals have prompt she was injured throughout consensual intercourse and made up rape allegations after Hoggard misplaced curiosity in her.
The different 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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