From left, the accused who cannot be identified, defence lawyer Vivian Ropchan, Justice John McMahon, Crown attorney Paul Leishman listen to Dr. Derek Pallandi on the stand at the woman's trial for assaulting and torturing her ex-husband. (PAM DAVIES ILLUSTRATION)
TORONTO - A woman who helped her boyfriend inflict unimaginable sexual and physical torture on her ex-husband was a "gullible, easily-controlled" simpleton who couldn't save him, a sentencing hearing was told.
Psychiatrist Derek Pallandi testified Monday that the woman's low intelligence, naiveté and stress handcuffed her from sparing her former husband from a litany of abuse at the sadistic hands of her boyfriend, John Siscoe.
The woman, 31, has admitted she was an accomplice as Siscoe perpetrated three months of torture against her ex-husband, 40, while the trio shared an apartment in the fall of 2009.
The three met in B.C. and moved together to Toronto in September 2009.
The identities of the woman and the victim are covered by a publication ban.