TORONTO– A lady who implicated a Toronto policeman of raping her told his sexual assault trial Monday that she was afraid of being injured if she didn’t comply with his demands.
The female, who can not be identified, informed Const. Vincenzo Bonazza’s trial the supposed incident occurred nearly a decade earlier throughout exactly what was expected to be a casual encounter at her house.
“He didn’t take my words, didn’t take my body language,” she stated. “I was scared he was going to injure me.”
Bonazza has actually pleaded innocent to sexual attack at the judge-alone trial.
Court heard that the female only reported the occurrence in 2015, after becoming a law enforcement officer herself.
“Now I can write that a Toronto police raped me, no problem, however I couldn’t write that then,” she testified, noting that working on a sexual attack case as an officer made her decide to move forward with her own claims.
The female told her manager about the alleged incident and after that called Ontario’s Unique Investigations Unit, which analyzes claims of sexual assault including cops. Bonazza was charged in 2016.
Court heard the lady first satisfied Bonazza in September 2008, while he remained in his squad cars and truck near her home and she was looking for aid handling an ex-boyfriend.
The woman said she believed she had seen her ex-boyfriend, who had actually been accuseded of criminally harassing her, and asked Bonazza to track the licence plate of what she thought was his vehicle. She said Bonazza informed her he couldn’t do that.
The female then ran into Bonazza the next day, when he was out on a bike patrol, court heard. A day or 2 later on, the officer called her, the woman affirmed.
“I didn’t remember providing him my telephone number,” she informed the court. She affirmed, the officer said he had sushi for her and wanted to drop it off.
The lady thought the circumstance was odd, but questioned if Bonazza was just making “a kind gesture as a kind policeman,” she said.
The 2 satisfied at her location where he gave her the food and asked to utilize the bathroom, she testified. En route out, the woman, a former actress, stated she discovered a bundle including a DVD of a film she had appeared in.
“He stated ‘maybe we could see it together sometime,”‘ she informed court, including that she believed the officer was making small talk.
Bonazza called a day or more later on, the female testified, and asked if she wanted to watch that movie. He likewise stated he wasn’t trying to find a romantic relationship, the woman stated.
The officer came by on Sept. 11, the lady said, and while the pair saw the motion picture, Bonazza kissed her, then unbuttoned her jeans.
“Woah, woah, woah, I don’t do this with anyone who isn’t my sweetheart,” she recalled informing Bonazza.
The woman said Bonazza went on to have sex with her without her permission and later on required her to perform oral sex.
“This is a policeman, no one would believe me and he’s trained to combat individuals,” she stated. “I believe, ‘it’s going to be worse if I combat this.”‘
Bonazza’s attorney, Gary Clewley, concentrated on disparities in the lady’s previous declarations to police and her testament at an initial hearing about her state of undress and other details of the night.
Clewley grilled the lady about her memory “flashes” that helped form her testament.
“There are picture moments of this event that are clear as day,” the woman stated.
Liam Casey, The Canadian Press
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