’ ex-Mountie tells child-torture trial about his son
‘I burned him because I felt the devil lived in him,’ ex-Mountie tells child-torture trial about his son
Jean Levac / Ottawa CitizenOntario Provincial Court House in Ottawa, May 08, 2013
A former RCMP counter-terrorism officer who tortured and starved his 11-year-old son in a darkened Kanata basement says he did it because he thought the boy was possessed.
The father took the stand in his own defence for a second day on Tuesday, testifying he was afraid his son would stab him in the heart as he slept. He said he also feared the “out-of-control” boy would rape his wife and beat his other children. “I was 100 per cent convinced of this,” he said.
“I was living with the devil at home,” the 44-year-old Mountie, who is now suspended without pay, told the court.
The father intensified disturbing punishments and videotaped interrogations after the boy refused to do his homework, court heard. The police officer had pulled his son out of school in 2012 and homeschooled him..”