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Psychiatrist says Bobbitt has psychopathic qualities

David Wesley Bobbitt arrived at the Penticton courthouse on Monday from Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre to attend his sentencing on a vicious attack on a woman in 2011 and a dangerous offender hearing. - Percy N. Hébert/Western News
David Wesley Bobbitt arrived at the Penticton courthouse on Monday from Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre to attend his sentencing on a vicious attack on a woman in 2011 and a dangerous offender hearing.
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David Bobbitt is a man with psychopathic qualities and is reckless with his words and lies, said a court appointed expert psychiatrist on Wednesday.

"He manufactured stuff on the hop and he can't keep track … he is not sophisticated or smooth that he can keep track of his story. He is reckless with his words," said Dr. Shabehram Lohrasbe.

Bobbitt was interviewed by the psychiatrist for three hours about his background and for the crimes he has since pleaded guilty to in relation to a brutal 2011 attack on a Penticton woman where he confined her for several hours in his second hand store. Bobbitt sexually and physically assaulted the woman in a prolonged attack that took place in front of her 22-month old son.

Lohrasbe was called by the Crown to testify in the sentencing and dangerous offender hearing at the Penticton courthouse, which began mid-June The court  earlier heard from a doctor who said the woman had suffered blunt force trauma cuts to her head and a sinus fracture among her injuries.

When asked about the charges, Bobbitt told the psychiatrist he had a previous relationship with his victim, blamed her for the physical violence and for seducing him. Bobbitt said she was an ex-girlfriend that treated him badly in the past, her brother was involved with gangs and threatened to kill him, he felt the victim stabbed him the back and he called her a "pig."

Lohrasbe said he believed none of these things and found what Bobbitt was telling him "absolutely ludicrous."

"This man has no devotion to the truth. He will simply say whatever paints him in the best possible light," said the doctor.

Lohrasbe said he has never before come across a person trying to convince him the victim would be looked after.

"He went in to trying to convince me that he would make sure she was looked after by this enormous wealth he had, that she would get some sort of funds," said Lohrasbe, who was told by Bobbitt he had some investment in a mining firm.

The doctor said Bobbitt talked about homicidal thoughts in a previous report with the forensic hospital and told Lohrasbe, "Thank god I didn't hurt her too bad." When asked what he meant Bobbitt replied, "It could have been a lot worse."

"I assumed he meant what he said to the undercover officer, which was he could have killed her," Lohrasbe told the court.

In his report, Lohrasbe said Bobbitt has no history of being compliant to any terms of trying to manage him in the community. If the court finds this to be correct, it could have significant impact in the dangerous offender hearing and Bobbitt's parole terms.

Justice Peter Rogers heard about several incidents of disturbing preoccupations Bobbitt had as a teen, including some violence against other students and he one time threw his desk against a wall and swore at his teacher. Bobbitt said all of his actions, even from childhood, are caused from pain he suffers from deep vein thrombosis. While Bobbitt does taken medication for the condition, Lohrasbe said his childhood records do not document any of this.

"It was apparent this man has very strong psychopathic qualities," said Lohrasbe.

The doctor said many of Bobbitt's statements were contradictory. He once said he was treated fairly by his father and stepmother growing up but then told Lohrasbe that his stepmother was physically abusive to him and made him watch videos of women having abortions.

One other thing in particular the doctor found peculiar during the interview was Bobbitt tried to portray himself as a benevolent person who was non-violent, helped people in the community and came across as a person that is not expecting a lengthy jail term.

Lohrasbe described it as a "peculiar wishful thinking about the future."

Testimony from Lohrasbe will continue on Thursday at the Penticton courthouse.

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