Steven Blackmore held knife to her throat, witness says

There was more disturbing testimony heard at the Supreme Court trial of RCMP Cpl. Steven Blackmore, who is charged with multiple counts of assault.
The trial of Cpl. Steven Blackmore continued in Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court on Thursday. (CBC)

There was more disturbing testimony at the Supreme Court trial of RCMP Cpl. Steven Blackmore, who is charged with multiple counts of assault. 

Blackmore is accused of six assaults against one woman, including assault with a knife, sexually assaulting her twice and careless use of a firearm.

Blackmore is also facing assault charges against a second woman.

The first woman, who cannot be identified because of a publication ban, told the court that she has known Blackmore for years, and during that time, he would be violent.

The woman testified that, at times, he smothered her, grabbed her by the face and choked her.

The witness told the St. John's courtroom on Thursday that on one occasion, she thought she was going to lose consciousness and die. She also testified that Blackmore once held a knife to her throat, and that she was terrified of him.

Defence cross-examines witness

During cross-examination on Friday, the witness admitted to lying under oath while giving a statement to police.

Defence lawyer Bob Simmonds questioned the witness about why she didn't mention the sexual assault to police until her fifth statement.

Simmonds said prior to that statement, she had told police she was not sexually assaulted.

She said she didn't feel she had been violently raped, but said both times she told Blackmore she didn't want to have sex with him.

Simmonds said the witness said she felt "more convinced than forced," but she said that was her earlier statements.

During the police investigation of this case, the complainant admitted she lied to officers while under oath to tell the whole truth, and told the same lie during another statement.

Careless use of firearm allegations

Blackmore is also charged with careless use of a firearm.

The witness told the court she was present when Blackmore took his loaded service handgun out of its holster and permitted people to look at and handle it.

The court had already heard that the type of gun he was issued did not have a safety lock.

The witness testified Blackmore said he could commit murder and get away with it.

Justice Robert Stack reminded the jury on Thursday that Blackmore is not charged with uttering threats.