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Worse than Rape
October 7, 2011 permalink
This case of mom vs dad to extremes appears here because of the reason the woman cited for keeping quiet about repeated rapes: she feared a police report would cause CAS to become involved with her daughter.
Alleged murderer was raped by victim, court hears
A woman accused of murdering her boyfriend was raped and forced to have sex as punishment for her wrongdoing, a jury heard Wednesday.
Melissa Lewis also divulged to psychiatrist Derek Pallandi that Ludlow Jermaine “Mecca” or “Mec” Gillespie would choke her with a gun nearby during their abuse-ridden relationship that ended when Lewis fatally stabbed him in the neck.
She believed that Gillespie, 25, was reaching for his gun while he was driving her, their then six-year-old daughter and her father in west end Toronto, court has heard.
Pallandi said Lewis told him she feared that Gillespie would shoot them all.
Lewis, 26, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the May 29, 2010 incident.
“He demanded sex regularly and if she refused, he took it anyway,” Pallandi told the court. He interviewed her for six hours in April and May this year.
Lewis never reported the sexual violence to police, partly out of fear the Children’s Aid Society would become involved.
She told Pallandi that Gillespie struck their child, who tried to intervene while he was attacking her.
Lewis’ camcorder was used to capture Gillespie’s sexual exploits with other women, which Lewis saw, along with explicit text messages between him and his other partners, court heard.
In cross-examination, Crown attorney Louise Collins noted that Lewis in recounting the stabbing 11 months changed topics from the homicide itself to Gillespie’s insulting comments and his flagrant infidelity.
“She goes on for almost a page of your notes about his involvement with other women said Collins.
“That’s not irrational jealousy. That’s an unpleasant fact,” said Pallandi.
Lewis’ daughter testified earlier that her mom reached for a large butcher’s knife from her purse, not from under the driver’s seat as she told him, said Collins.
“Statements given by six or seven-year-olds, they are fraught with difficulties. I’m not suggesting she’s intentionally lying,” said Pallandi. “They do their level best but it’s an emotional situation.”
The trial resumes next Tuesday.
Source: Toronto Sun