An RCMP officer accused of assaulting a woman denied allegations he showed aggressiveness or violence towards her.
RCMP Cpl. Steven Blackmore took the stand today in his trial at Newfoundland Supreme Court in St. John’s Tuesday. — File photo by Rosie Mullaley/The Telegram
Testifying in his own defence Tuesday at Newfoundland Supreme Court in St. John’s, Cpl. Steven Blackmore told the jury that the only time he used physical force against the woman was to defend himself or try to control her violent behaviour.
“I had to stop her,” Blackmore said, describing one incident. “She wouldn’t stop hitting me. I was not being aggressive.”
On another occasion, Blackmore said he used, “minimal force” to push the woman aside from blocking the door during one of her tirades.
Blackmore said he had to hold her down on the couch or floor several times to try to restrain her from her wild outbursts.
“She’d get so angry,” he said.
When the woman testified last week in Blackmore’s trial, she told the jury Blackmore assaulted her many times — grabbing her by the face and throat and throwing her to the floor, smothering her with a pillow and choking her to the point she thought she was going to die.
But Blackmore said none of that was true.
“Did you ever grab her by her face?” defence lawyer Erin Breen asked.
“Never,” Blackmore replied.
Breen: “Did you ever grab her by the throat?”
Breen: “Did you ever throw her to the floor?”
Breen: “Did you ever smother her with a pillow?
Blackmore: “Absolutely not.”
Breen: “Did you ever choke her?
Breen: “Did you ever choke her to the point that she almost passed out?”
Blackmore: “Most assuredly not.”
The woman had told the court that one time Blackmore choked her so hard, he broke a blood vessel in her eye. But Blackmore said he only saw her once with bruising above one of her eyes, but it was due to cosmetic acupuncture.
Blackmore is charged with 10 counts, including six counts of assault, two counts of sexual assault and single counts of assault with a weapon (a knife) and careless use of a firearm.
A resident of Gander who was assigned to the Carmanville detachment, he was charged in June 2012.
The offences are said to have happened over a number of years in a number of communities, including Gander, George’s Brook, Wesleyville and Carbonear. Blackmore, 40, is not on active duty and was released shortly after his arrest.
The trial continues today.