CALGARY – Convicted torturer Dustin Paxton smirked Wednesday as the man he brutalized for months read his victim impact statement.
And when it came time for Paxton to address the court, his only comments were about himself and his commitment to rehabilitation.
"This has been an extremely long process," Paxton said as he spoke to Justice Sheilah Martin.
"I've learned a lot about myself," he said.
Vowing to work with health care professionals, Paxton said he's committed to change.
Paxton, who is facing a possible dangerous offender designation by Martin, did not mention his victim during his brief speech.
Earlier, his former roommate and business partner, who can't be identified, read a pained victim impact statement in which he told of the turmoil his abuse has caused.
"I have many injuries and have had a lot of surgeries, including bone grafts, and plates put in my head," he said, reading from a prepared statement which had to be heavily edited before it was presented in court.