|A policeman holds handcuffs in this February 28, 2012 file photo. (REUTERS/John Kolesidis)
WINNIPEG -- Despite cops slapping handcuffs on Peter Laporte literally while his pants were down, the suspected city sex-predator immediately appeared confident about his chances of beating any charges he'd face, court heard Monday.
Laporte also hurled profanities and was combative with constables Jonathan Rowley and Greg Kaatz from the moment they detained him in an apartment block stairwell on suspicion he had just tried to rape a woman, both officers separately testified Monday.
"I have been exonerated for this before," Kaatz and Rowley each reported Laporte as saying just before putting him in a cruiser in front of the highrise where he was nabbed.
They were among the first patrol officers called to the apartment complex on the night of Nov. 23, 2008.
The officers went to a 21st-floor stairwell where they saw Laporte, his jeans around his ankles and bleeding from a one-inch cut above his eye, being held down by two civilians, Judge Perry Schulman was told.
Rowley testified a knife was recovered from Laporte's pocket.
"F--- you goofs, f--- off,' Laporte said immediately upon being detained, according to Kaatz.
"Take care of my f---ing jacket and take care of my f---ing stuff," Laporte reportedly said.
Laporte, 37, has pleaded not guilty to aggravated sexual assault, forcible confinement, assault with a weapon and other charges in three downtown attacks taking place within hours of each other.
One of his alleged victims included an eight-year-old boy who was seriously sexually assaulted after being led into a stairwell at a different nearby building.
The Crown also appeared to lay additional groundwork Monday allegedly linking Laporte to the attack on the child a few hours before the other alleged attacks.
Const. Eric Hofley testified a suspect seen on surveillance footage pushing the boy into a stairwell appeared in a few ways to resemble the man detained by Rowley and Kaatz hours after that attack.