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Man on trial for allegedly confining, sexually assaulting, choking woman in Mount Pearl

The trial for a man accused of serious offences against a woman last October continued in court briefly on Wednesday.

The court saw surveillance video footage collected by RNC investigators as part of the case against 36-year-old Benji Barnes. The trial will resume with testimony from other witnesses Friday morning.

Barnes has been charged with breaking into the woman’s Mount Pearl home with the intention to commit a crime, threatening her and two others, forcibly confining her, attempting to choke her, physically assaulting her and sexually assaulting her on Oct. 26.

Barnes has been in custody since his arrest following the incident.

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