|Outside of the Winnipeg Law Courts Friday, February 25, 2011. (QMI Agency/MARCEL CRETAIN)
WINNIPEG - A Winnipeg man is on trial accused of sexually assaulting a teen with a weapon — the pillow he allegedly held over her face while another man raped her.
Philip Pilon, 33, is also charged with touching for a sexual purpose, unlawful confinement and attempt to suffocate.
“I was screaming and yelling and Phil put a pillow over my face” while a second accused had sex with her, the then 15-year-old girl told police in a May 2011 video interview played in court Monday.
The girl said she was an acquaintance of Pilon’s co-accused, 23-year-old Stephen Andrews, and had accompanied the men to Andrews’ Young Street rooming house to smoke marijuana.
The girl told police she was “pretty out of it” when the two men assaulted her. She said the men “switch(ed) back and forth” with one holding a pillow over her face while the other had sex with her.
The girl said she didn’t escape until late the next morning after Pilon left for work and while Andrews was showering.
Andrews pleaded guilty last August to one count of sexual interference and was sentenced to 20 months in jail.
Andrews claimed he left the rooming house to buy marijuana and did not see Pilon have sex with the victim. Andrews claimed the girl consented to sex but admitted he made no effort to confirm her age. The legal age of consent is 16.
Andrews is expected to be called to the witness stand Tuesday.