Peter LaPorte is accused and is now on trial in the alleged sexual assault of a young boy in an apartment block near the intersection of Cumberland Avenue and Balmoral Street. Photographed on Tues., May 29, 2012. JASON HALSTEAD/WINNIPEG SUN QMI AGENCY
WINNIPEG - An apartment building caretaker was already searching for a man accused of threatening a tenant and her son with a knife when he came upon the same suspect raping another woman in a stairwell, court was told Friday.
Andrew White said he was canvassing tenants in the apartment block on Nov. 23, 2008, when he received a report of a woman screaming in a stairwell. White said he opened the stairwell door and saw Peter Laporte sexually assaulting a woman.
"I grabbed his neck and squeezed until he lost consciousness," White said. "As soon as I grabbed his neck, the woman said he was raping her."
Laporte, 37, has pleaded not guilty to aggravated sexual assault, forcible confinement, assault with a weapon and other charges in connection to three attacks taking place within hours of each other.
One of his alleged victims included an eight-year-old boy who was seriously sexually assaulted after being led into a stairwell.
White said Laporte had the woman pressed against the stairwell wall. Both of their pants were down.
Crown attorney John Field asked White if he saw the man's penis.
"It was rather small, not worth mentioning," White said. "It was erect."
White said he held Laporte on the floor and called police on his cellphone.
"He was pretty easy to hold down," he said.
White said he "slapped" Laporte's head onto the concrete floor "a couple of times" when he tried to escape.
"I knew he had a knife on him," White said. "In that kind of situation, you react first, ask questions later."
Defence lawyer Crystal Antila alleged the victim fabricated the rape story and had agreed to have sex with Laporte in exchange for drugs.
The trial resumes Monday.