Copís actions meant to punish prisoner: Crown
OTTAWA -- It wasn't a crime of sexual gratification, it was a crime of sexual humiliation, the Crown argued Monday at the trial of a police sergeant charged with sex assault for cutting off a woman's shirt and bra in the cellblock.
Sgt. Steven Desjourdy has pleaded not guilty in an incident at the Elgin St. station four years ago.
The defence will likely argue the woman's clothes were cut off for her own safety, prosecutor Christopher Webb said.
But he contended it was to "punish, humilate and put (her) in her place" because she resisted a search, leaving a female special constable hurt.
The assault on the woman - then left topless, her pants soiled, for hours - was a violation of her "sexual integrity," Webb argued.
"One may say there was no sexual motivation here - the officer wasn't motivated by sexual gratification," he said. "Sexual assault isn't a crime of passion, it's a crime of power, dominance, aggression and violence."
The court saw a cellblock video of the woman, who was arrested for public intoxication. She appears to struggle, is grabbed by the hair and kneed from behind by a female special constable. The woman then delivers a mule kick and is taken to the ground face-down. She appears to stop resisting, but a riot shield is placed over her legs and Desjourdy cuts off her clothing with scissors.
Two officers testified she was "belligerent," and a lip-reader (the tape has no audio) said she delivered a stream of "F-bombs."
The 29-year-old woman was in court Monday but is not expected to testify. She can't be named under a publication ban.
In a statement, she said she felt "sexually violated."
She denies she was drunk and says she couldn't have resisted because she was pinned by multiple officers. She claimed she moved her legs because the female officer had her hand on her thigh and genitals inside her pants.
Grounded and "trapped", she said she saw Desjourdy with scissors and asked whether he was going to cut off her clothes. He looked her "squarely in the eye," and someone said yes.
At some point, she said, she wet herself, and the officers taunted her before she was "hauled" to a cell.
"I was clutching at the tattered remains of my clothes to cover my exposed, naked chest," she said. "I was very embarassed and absolutely humiliated to be partially naked in front of all the uniformed male officers."
The trial continues Tuesday.