Sadistic rapist wanted to 'take something precious' from ex

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WINNIPEG -- An Oxford House, Man., man subjected a woman to hours of terror, violence and sexual degradation in a twisted drive to hurt another woman -- his ex-girlfriend, a judge has ruled.

Johnnie Kilbourne, 23, was convicted in Thompson, Man., earlier this month of an array of sex and assault charges in a sadistic ordeal that saw a woman dragged through the bush and raped, and a man hog-tied and left bleeding from a stab wound to his stomach.

"The accused's conduct throughout this incident ... was chillingly devoid of human empathy, was centred solely on his needs and wants and was strikingly anti-social," Judge Murray Thompson said. "As a trial judge with 10 years experience, I cannot help but flag his behaviour as extremely unusual.

"His conduct appears to meet many of the criteria that define a sociopath."

The female victim was a close friend of Kilbourne's former girlfriend, who had just broken up with him days before the June 18, 2011, attack.

At trial, court heard evidence Kilbourne's ex-girlfriend called him after he was arrested and asked why he attacked the victims.

"To take something precious from you," Kilbourne replied.

Court heard the female victim was in the company of a male friend when she returned home around 4 a.m. and saw Kilbourne walking out of a bedroom.

Kilbourne pulled out a knife and forced the two into a bedroom where he tied the man up and extinguished a cigarette on his ankle.  Kilbourne raped the woman vaginally and anally and forced her to perform oral sex.

When he was done assaulting the woman, Kilbourne hog-tied the man and stabbed him in the stomach.

Kilbourne stole the man's truck and drove off with the woman. When the truck became stuck in muskeg,

Kilbourne tried to set the vehicle on fire and then dragged the woman into the bush.

He sexually assaulted the woman again, so seriously she would later require surgery to repair her internal injuries.

Kilbourne marched the woman through the bush for hours before arriving at his grandfather's house, where he told the woman to have a shower. She ran the water but did not wash herself in an effort to preserve DNA evidence she had been raped.

Kilbourne eventually released the woman and threatened to have gang associates shoot her if she "screwed (him) over."

A passerby found her on the road and took her to the Oxford House nursing station. She was later medivaced to Thompson, where she spent several days in hospital.

Kilbourne testified at trial, claiming he had consensual sex with the woman and attacked the male victim in self-defence.

"That claim on its own, that (the woman) would willingly have sex with the accused in the bush... after watching him stab her friend ... leaving blood all over her bed and the house and after following him through the bush for miles with no footwear is nothing short of ridiculous," Thompson said.

Kilbourne will return to court for sentencing June 3.

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