State Lawyer Wayne Norde told the court that the prosecution will present seven witnesses. The witnesses include the complainant and her best friend who testified today.
According to the evidence of the complainant, the incident occurred on March 22, 2009 while she was at a birthday party for the accused man’s daughter.
“At about 10:15 p.m. my aunt gave me a container of food to bring to her vehicle and when I went downstairs I saw the accused in a dark area under the house; and he told me to come a while and I approached him. He asked me if I was up for a challenge. I did not respond,” the complainant said.
“He then pushed me against the wall. Then he put his hand in my pants and his finger in my vagina. I then pulled away from him and told him to leave me alone. Then he told me if I wanted we could go somewhere else. I said no and I went back upstairs,” she testified.
According to the complainant, she felt pain when the defendant pushed his finger up her vagina for a short while. She stated that the entire assault lasted about five seconds.
She told the court today that she did not tell anyone of the incident the same night when she went back upstairs because she felt ashamed and afraid.
She said that she was also afraid to tell her mother when she went home.
“I was afraid of my mother’s reaction. At the time I did not know how to say it, and I did not want to make a scene at the party,” the complainant said.
She also stated that nobody was around when the alleged incident occurred.
According to her, she told her best friend what had happened after church the following day then subsequently told her mother.
The complainant testified that the accused man had denied the accusation during a confrontation with herself and her mother sometime after the incident.
“He said that he did not believe that I was accusing him of that because we were so close. Then he said he and his wife [wife’s name] were having problems two weekends ago and because of what I just said could make it worse…” the complainant said.
The complainant also spoke of an interview on April 1,2009 at the Criminal Investigations Department where she said the defendant had responded to the accusation by stating that if he had done anything to hurt her family in any way he wanted to apologize for it.
Under cross examination by the accused man’s lawyer, David Bruney, the complainant said that she had known the accused man for about a year prior to the incident and he was a close family friend in the time that she had known him.
The complainant said that she was very shocked that the incident happened. “I tried to act as normal as possible,” she said.