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Speaking through an interpreter, the woman delivered her testimony a few metres away from Brazeau, who was kicked out of the Conservative caucus shortly after his arrest. He gazed at her through much of her testimony, which was at times both explicit and shocking. She described how she clung, topless, to a railing inside the residence as Brazeau tried to shove her down a stairwell with his feet. When the thin wooden banister spindles snapped, she tumbled down the flight of stairs. Moments later, she said she found herself face down across Brazeau’s legs at the bottom of the stairs. That’s when she alleges he pulled her pants down, breaking the top button, and tried to insert his finger into her rectum. “ It happened so quickly that I found myself in this situation,” the woman told the trial, which is being heard by a judge alone. A short while later, he tried unsuccessfully to assault her a second time in a similar fashion, she alleged. The physical confrontation occurred in the morning, after a verbal altercation the night before, the woman testified. The night before, Brazeau had been angry about a TV news report that put him at the centre of a controversy tied to an aboriginal group he used to lead, she testified. He tried to record the report, and grew agitated, nervous and worried, she said. He was drinking martinis and another cocktail mixed with orange juice as he checked Twitter and sent messages on his smartphone, the woman testified. She said she couldn’t tell if he was drunk. Shortly after the report aired, she said, he told her he had received a Facebook message from an ex- boyfriend of hers — a message telling him to pay back money he allegedly owed the Senate. At that moment, she said he became “ aggressive with a loud tone.” “ He approached me like it was my fault,” she said. In an attempt to calm the situation, she left the room. The next morning, she told the court, Brazeau confronted her about the Facebook message once again. She said he started pushing her before she had a chance to put on a shirt or a bra. Police photos taken of the complainant the day after the alleged attack showed bruises and red marks on her back, arm, wrist, shoulder and knee. Police also found a damaged, framed photo featuring three people: the alleged victim, Brazeau and Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Harper’s face had been torn out of the photo and then pieced back together. In addition to the photos, the judge also saw three pieces of evidence the woman testified belong to her: an animal- print bra with a broken strap, a metal button from a pair of pants and a torn shirt. — The Canadian Press Canadian soldier killed FLORENCE, S. C. — A Canadian soldier, his wife and their infant son have been killed in a fiery weekend crash on an interstate highway in South Carolina. U. S. authorities say Jeremiah Cross, 34, Crystal Cross, 32, and seven- month- old Grayson Cross were among the victims in the crash on Interstate 95, which also took the lives of two Pennsylvania residents. Maj. Brian Lepack, acting commanding officer of 2 Service Battalion at Garrison Petawawa, northwest of Ottawa, said Cross was a private who joined the Canadian Armed Forces almost three years ago and was training to be a vehicle technician. Media outlets in South Carolina said the crash happened Saturday night on the northbound lanes of the heavily travelled interstate in Florence County, which is about 100 kilometres northwest of Myrtle Beach. The collision, which is still under investigation, involved five vehicles, including two tractor trailers. Two of the cars in the crash caught fire. Traffic on the northbound lanes of the interstate was blocked for about 12 hours. Lepack said Cross was well liked by his peers and the shock of his death has been felt by all who knew him. “ We all share in the loss of this fine young man and his family. Our focus now is on supporting Jeremiah’s family, and all members of our unit,” Lepack said in a statement Monday. “ The death of a soldier at any time is difficult but this accident, which claimed the life of this young soldier, his wife and young child, is a tragedy which affects us all whether we are military or civilian,” Lepack said. The U. S. victims have been identified as Jacqueline McCann, 51, and Barry Himes, 52, both of Johnstown, Pa. Pot recalled OTTAWA — Hundreds of medical marijuana users in British Columbia have been told the pot they thought could help them might harm them because it’s contaminated with bacteria. Health Canada says Tilray, a Nanaimo supplier, is telling clients to stop using its Sativa House Blend, Hybrid House Blend and Indica House Blend. The pot was contaminated with enterobacter, which is not associated with an acute health risk, said Joshua Eades, Tilray’s chief science officer. He said the company doesn’t know where the bacteria originated. Health Canada and Tilray say there have been no reports of adverse reactions. Old bones shed light A new way of dating ancient bones and stone tools is shedding light on the lives of some of the first Albertans. Brian Kooyman of the University of Calgary is co- author of a paper that says a prehistoric site where people hunted horses and camels in what is now southern Alberta is older than previously thought. That means the 13,000- year- old bones, along with the stone choppers and knives used to butcher them, pre- date the first identifiable ancient culture in the New World. Kooyman said the site is unique because of the number of animals and tools all found together. The spot is normally submerged in the reservoir of the St. Mary River and only surfaces when water levels are very low. — The Canadian Press RIGHT: Patrick Brazeau at the Gatineau courthouse Monday. ABOVE: Victim photos released as evidence in the case. JUSTIN TANG / THE CANADIAN PRESS SUBMITTED PHOTOS / THE CANADIAN PRESS Violent details in Brazeau trial Woman testifies senator attacked her By Andy Blatchford AROUND Canada A_ 05_ Mar- 24- 15_ FP_ 01. indd A5 3/ 23/ 15 9: 29: 05 PM

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