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Alleged victim testifies at Surrey sex assault trial

Jeremy Voakes is currently on trial for sexual assault with a weapon, unlawful confinement and assault in connection to an alleged attack on a woman in Surrey in 2010. - RCMP
Jeremy Voakes is currently on trial for sexual assault with a weapon, unlawful confinement and assault in connection to an alleged attack on a woman in Surrey in 2010.
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The victim of an alleged violent sexual assault in Surrey in 2010 says her attacker hit and punched her multiple times and threatened her with a metal pole before forcing himself on her.

The young woman, who cannot be identified under a court-ordered publication ban, testified Monday in New Westminster Supreme Court on the opening day of trial for Jeremy Lee Voakes, 25, who is charged with sexual assault with a weapon, assault, and unlawful confinement in connection to a June 21, 2010 incident.

The woman, now 20, told the court that after the accused dragged her by the hair into his bedroom, he flung her on the bed, straddled her and sat on her chest. He hit her multiple times, the woman said, calling her a "whore" and a "trick," saying if everyone else could "have" her, he could, too.

Voakes then pulled out a metal pole, and though he didn't hit her with it, "used it in a way to threaten me," she testified.

She said the man then told her to take off her pants and every time she said no, he'd strike her with his hand. He then forced her pants down, she said, and had intercourse with her.

"It wasn't' something I wanted to do," she told the court. "I was scared and I was hurt and I wanted to go home."

He only let her leave after she told him a friend was expecting her and would come looking for her if she didn't get home.

She said it was her friend who convinced her to call the police. The woman cried as she was asked to look through a booklet of 21 police photos of bruises and abrasions on her head, arms and legs that she said were inflicted by Voakes that day.

Voakes, his hair closely shorn and wearing a dark dress shirt, listened from the plexiglass prisoner's box, writing notes on a pad of paper throughout the woman's testimony.

Last September, he was the subject of a Surrey RCMP manhunt due to a months-old outstanding warrant on the sex assault and confinement charges.

It's not the first time Voakes has faced assault charges. He was found guilty of assault with a weapon in connection with a Surrey incident in 2009, and in 2006, faced an assault charge in Nanaimo but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of fear of injury and damage to property.

The trial continues.

 

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