Murray Dale Leon Sam will learn his fate in just over two weeks, after final arguments in his trial were heard Friday in B.C. Supreme Court.
Sam is charged with sexual assault, breaking and entering to commit an indictable offence and assault with a weapon — a lit cigarette.
Earlier this week, his alleged victim — whose identity is protected by a court order — testified that she had a brief relationship with Sam but it had been over for about a month when he appeared in her Central Saanich living room in the early morning of Aug. 13, 2011. She jumped up, asked him what he was doing there and told him she didn’t want him there.
She told the court that Sam started pushing and grabbing at her.
He pushed her into the wall because she was trying to use her phone. Sam pushed her again, and she fell down, she testified. Then Sam dragged and kicked her down the hallway and threw her on the bed. She testified that Sam threatened to put out a lit cigarette on her face, but she managed to get her hand in the way.
On Thursday, Sam denied burning the woman with a lit cigarette and forcing her to have sex against her will. He testified they had consensual sex that night.
Justice Keith Bracken is scheduled to deliver his decision on Feb. 25.
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