Battered and severely bruised, John Jespersen’s girlfriend was too afraid to report him to police.
After being assaulted so severely that she required medical attention, the doctor advised her to report him to police. But she didn’t.
It was neighbour who saw her injuries and called in RCMP. But even when officers arrived, she was still reluctant to say anything.
“She’s terrified of him,” said Crown prosecutor Venturini during Jespersen’s bail hearing last September.
Finally, the woman told the story of Jespersen entering the trailer they shared in the Oyster Bay area on the night of Sept. 26. She had been sleeping in bed when Jespersen pummeled her with blows to her head and chest. After his arrest, Jespersen, 52, denied assaulting her and blurted out during his bail hearing, “I’m not going to kill her!”
But Judge Peter Doherty refused to release Jespersen after hearing he had a past conviction for criminal harassment of his ex-wife. Jespersen also had several run-ins with police in the Comox Valley who feared he was becoming increasingly mentally unstable.
Nevertheless, Jespersen was fit to stand trial and on Jan. 19, in Campbell River provincial court, Judge Doherty found him guilty of assault causing bodily harm.
Jespersen was sentenced to serve eight more months behind bars and will be on probation for two years following his release. He must also submit a DNA sample to the national police registry and is banned from possessing any firearms for 10 years.