Accused testifies in his defence at sexual assault trial in Nova Scotia
BRIDGEWATER, N.S. - A Halifax man accused of sexual assault testified in his own defence today, telling the court the alleged teen victim didn't seem upset and wasn't chained.
Sixty-four-year-old John Leonard MacKean is also charged with communicating for the purpose of obtaining sexual services from a person under 18 and has pleaded not guilty to both charges.
The 17-year-old youth testified in the province's Supreme Court in Bridgewater on Tuesday that he was crying, wearing a blindfold and was chained to a bed during the incident on Sept. 20, 2012.
He also testified he had been abducted by two other men and kept in a cabin about 130 kilometres southwest of Halifax for eight days.
MacKean told the jury he had been told the youth was in his 20s and he couldn't see his face because of a sleeping mask the boy was wearing.
He said if he had seen chains and the youth had indicated he was distressed, he would have made sure he was released.
David James LeBlanc was sentenced in the case last June to 11 years in prison after pleading guilty to kidnapping, forcible confinement, sexual assault, uttering threats and breach of conditions.
An agreed statement of facts in LeBlanc's case said he offered the teen a painting job and drove him in a van from Halifax to Lunenburg County in September 2012 on the pretext of picking up painting supplies.
LeBlanc was arrested in northern Ontario in September 2012. Police were also searching at the time for Wayne Alan Cunningham, whose body was later found near the area where LeBlanc was arrested. Foul play was not suspected in his death.