London, ON inmates beat accused torturer

A holding cell where inmates are held temporarily in the admitting and discharge unit at the Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre in London



LONDON, ON - One of two people accused of torturing a woman with cerebral palsy was beaten by fellow inmates at a London jail this morning.

Johnathon Rick, 38, was injured at the Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre shortly before he was to be transported to the London courthouse, where his trial was supposed to be resume.

"Mr. Rick was beaten by some of the other inmates and has been transported to hospital," Antin Jaremchuk, his defence lawyer told Justice Lynne Leitch.

Leitch agreed to postpone the trial until Friday.

Rick and his girlfriend, Cynthia Anderson, 36, are facing a combined 11 charges, including aggravated sexual assault, for a long-term confinement and torture of their 27-year old roommate.

The woman, who has cerebral palsy and some slight intellectual delays, began her testimony on Wednesday and described being held captive by the couple, who allegedly kept her in a storage closet.

She described Rick punishing her by hitting her or by pouring boiling water from a kitchen kettle on various parts of her body.

Anderson held the woman down for one of the alleged scalding assaults, court heard.

Assistant Crown attorney Fraser Ball alleged the pair would sometimes punish the victim when she failed to perform certain sex acts.

The woman was found on Aug. 13, 2011, alone and cowering on the balcony of a London apartment.

Police had been called to the address by a neighbour. They quickly discovered the woman, who was in dire need of medical attention, but reluctant to tell them anything, fearing her roommates could find out.

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