|(DARREN MAKOWICHUK/QMI AGENCY)
CALGARY — Confessed pedophile Patrick Bryan Ryckman was at his "wit's end" when he physically tried to castrate himself two years ago, he testified Thursday.
Ryckman, who is the subject of a long-term offender application after his Calgary arrest 18 months ago, said he couldn't control himself.
"Why did you try to castrate yourself?" defence counsel Tonii Roulston asked the admitted child-pornography collector.
"I felt as if I was at my wit's end. I felt I had no willpower," Ryckman said.
Ryckman has pleaded guilty to a 2009 Lethbridge charge of possessing child pornography as well as March 13, 2012, charges of possessing and accessing such material in Calgary.
He also has a 2005 conviction for possession of child porn.