April 29, 2013 - 1:25 PM
David Bobbitt pled guilty to seven charges related to a July 31, 2011 attack on a Penticton woman.
Bobbitt appeared via video at Penticton Supreme Court on Monday before Justice Geoff Barrow, Crown lawyer Deb Drissell, defence lawyer James Pennington and several family members of the victim.
The family members said they were relieved Bobbitt pled guilty to all charges.
Bobbitt stood and pled guilty to aggravated assault, aggravated sexual assault, assault with a weapon, two counts of unlawful confinement and two counts of making threats. He committed these crimes against a 22-year-old Penticton woman in front or near her toddler son on July 30, 2011. He was the operator of Dave's Second Hand Store on Ellis Street, where the woman and the child were allegedly confined for nearly a dozen hours. Bobbitt was charged with attempted murder but that was dropped.
Today Bobbitt stood quietly, arms in front with handcuffs locking his wrists. He had no expression. He shrugged at one point before pleading guilty to one of the charges.
Drissell said her office wants Bobbitt to go through a long-term offender or dangerous offender assessment which could impact his sentence. The justice system has 60 days from Monday to determine if Bobbitt is such an offender.
Bobbitt returns to court on July 22 for either a long-term offender hearing or to set a date for sentencing.
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