Accused says he would have saved chained teen if he was in danger

The chains and padlocks used to hold a 16-year-old boy captive on display on evidence table in...

The chains and padlocks used to hold a 16-year-old boy captive on display on evidence table in Bridgewater courtroom. (Kris Sims/QMI Agency)

Kris Sims, Atlantic Bureau

, Last Updated: 9:08 PM ET

BRIDGEWATER, N.S. -- A man accused of sexually assaulting a teen chained up in a remote Nova Scotia cabin insists if he had known the boy was being held against his will, he would have rescued him.

"He (the captor) was about 120 lbs. I'm about 240. I can bench press 100 lbs. If I felt that young man (the victim) needed to be out of there, he would have been out of there," John Leonard MacKean, 64, said on the stand in his own defence Thursday.

In September 2012, a 16-year-old boy was taken from Halifax to a remote shack, held in chains and raped for 10 days by two men. He eventually managed to free himself and escape through a boarded window.

One man pleaded guilty and the other is dead.

The teen said a third man arrived about halfway through his captivity, and performed oral sex on him.

The boy testified he was blindfolded so was unable to identify the man.


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