Screen grabs from a videotaped interrogation of Kevin Gregson as he is questioned by Det. Tim Hodgins in a three-hour interview on Dec. 29, 2009.
Credits: police videotape
OTTAWA -- In a heart-breaking video shown in court Monday, a 10-year-old girl told a detective in horrific, graphic detail how former Mountie Kevin Gregson raped her again and again in the week before he murdered an Ottawa police officer.
The little girl said she begged Gregson not to do it again because it hurt her.
"He says he has more power than me and if he's going to do it again, he's going to do it again and there's nothing I can do about it," the girl said.
The Crown played video of the girl's interview in which she said that Gregson raped her twice on two separate days before he stabbed Const. Eric Czapnik to death on Dec. 29, 2009.
Gregson, 46, was convicted in March of first-degree murder and sentenced to life behind bars with no chance of parole for 25 years.
He's now pleaded not guilty to four counts of sexual assault causing bodily harm and sexual interference with a person under the age of 16. A charge of possessing child pornography was dropped.
The court is expected to hear DNA evidence during the trial and testimony from two pediatricians about the girl's injuries - which she told police left her in so much pain it hurt to walk. The trial may wrap up this week.
Gregson warned her not to tell anyone, said the girl, whose identity is covered by a publication ban.
"I tried to cry out all the tears so I wouldn't say anything," she said. "I had a really bad stomach ache. I was scared and I didn't know what to do."
Days later, Gregson "dressed for battle" in two bullet-proof vests, armed himself with a pair of knives and went to the Civic campus of the Ottawa Hospital in a carjacked vehicle. He ambushed Czapnik, 51, as he sat working in his cruiser outside the emergency room and tried to wrest away his gun. Paramedics pulled Gregson off the dying father of four.
The trial will also hear legal arguments whether evidence about Czapnik's killing - which Gregson unsuccessfully contended was manslaughter, not murder - can be used against him at his current trial.
Gregson, who's grown a scraggly beard, sat guarded by tactical team officers in the prisoner's box, his eyes downcast and face emotionless as the girl's video played.