Mar 23, 2015
A court in Gatineau, Que., today heard disturbing testimony during the first day of a trial for suspended senator Patrick Brazeau, on charges of assault and sexual assault.
The 40-year-old was charged after an incident on Feb. 7, 2013.
The complainant in the case, a woman who cannot be identified because of a publication ban, told the judge that Brazeau struck her, grabbed her by the throat, pushed her down a flight of stairs and smashed her head against a wall. She also alleges Brazeau pulled down her pants and touched her inappropriately during the alleged assault.
The woman earlier testified that Brazeau had spent the previous evening drinking martinis and watching the news on television.
That night, CTV News aired a story revealing Brazeau had used his father's address in a First Nations community to claim an aboriginal income tax exemption. The woman told the court Brazeau received a text message that night from an individual linked to both of them that angered Brazeau and made him become aggressive.