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NOVA SCOTIA: Doreze Marvin Beals, 19, charged with human trafficking, sex assault of 15-year-old girl

Doreze Beals testifies at his human trafficking trial

North Preston man, 19, charged with human trafficking, sex assault of 15-year-old girl

By Blair Rhodes, CBC News Posted: Jan 29, 2016 9:14 AM AT Last Updated: Jan 29, 2016 5:29 PM AT

The trial of Doreze Marvin Beals, charged with human trafficking and sex assault of a 15-year-old girl in April 2014, resumed Friday in Nova Scotia Supreme Court.

The trial of Doreze Marvin Beals, charged with human trafficking and sex assault of a 15-year-old girl in April 2014, resumed Friday in Nova Scotia Supreme Court. (CBC)

A Nova Scotia man on trial for human trafficking took the stand in his own defence Friday, testifying the alleged victim was not sexually assaulted and was only hidden in a cellar because she feared her mother.

Doreze Beals, 19, of North Preston is accused of kidnapping a young girl, sexually assaulting her and threatening to force her into prostitution. The charges stem from incidents in North Preston in April 2014.

On Friday, Beals told a Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge in Halifax he barely knew the girl who made the complaints against him. He said he’d communicated with her a couple of times, mostly through Facebook and texting.

Under direct examination from his lawyer, Beals struggled to remember details of the day he was arrested, frequently groaning and rubbing his forehead.

He also said he doesn’t have a watch and doesn’t keep track of time, so he wasn’t sure when events happened, or how long they lasted.

But he did say he and the girl ended up alone at his house.

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Victim’s version much different

The girl testified as Beals’s trial in December and was the prosecution’s first witness.

She told a much different version of events, and said she was forced into the cellar, the door was closed over her and she spent considerable time there. She also said she was sexually assaulted by Beals’s co-accused, Andre Gray.

 

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Photos

But the Crown produced photos seized from Gray’s phone, which showed Gray and the girl in a trailer on Gray’s property. The time-stamp on the photos was for the same time Beals claimed to be with the girl in another part of the community.

The Crown asked Beals if he’d offered the girl work in Toronto. He said no. The Crown asked if Beals had a relative who drove girls to Toronto to work. Again, Beals said no.

The girl has testified Beals told her he was going to send her to Toronto to work. She told court she took that to mean he was going to force her into prostitution.

Beals denied the allegation, saying no one sexually assaulted the girl and no one forced her to do anything against her will.

Beals was the final defence witness. Closing arguments in the case will be heard Feb. 11.

CBC reporter Blair Rhodes was live blogging from Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Halifax.

 

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