An alleged killer standing trial for the death of a Kamloops man found beaten and unconscious near a North Shore bar detailed the deadly altercation for jurors on Friday.
Sean Dunn was found dead on the sidewalk on Wood Street near Tranquille Road in the early-morning hours of Dec. 30, 2016. James David Bond, 30, is standing trial in B.C. Supreme Court on one count of manslaughter in relation to the 42-year-old’s death.
The two men were among a group drinking at The Duchess in the hours leading up to Dunn’s death. Bond’s trial has heard from witnesses who said Dunn was pestering Bond’s then-girlfriend, Sarah Hupe, throughout the night.
Taking the witness stand in his own defence on Friday, Bond said Dunn took the harassment a step further and sexually assaulted Hupe moments before his death.
Bond said he grew increasingly frustrated with Dunn as the night wore on. After the bar closed, he said, Dunn was repeatedly asking Hupe to continue the party.
“Mr. Dunn kept coming back after repeatedly being told to stay away,” Bond said. “In one instance … he walks over and he bumps into her breast. It looks quite on purpose. I believe Sarah had a reaction and I had one.”
Bond said he exchanged words with Dunn outside the bar.
“I kept having to tell him, ‘That’s my girlfriend,’” he said. “I had to tell him to back off, that sort of thing.”
According to Bond, the situation became physical when Dunn grabbed Hupe’s breasts.
Bond stood in the courtroom and extended his arms, making a squeezing motion with his hands.
“It’s with both hands, and he’s kind of like, ‘What are you going to do about it?’ He full-on grabbed her like this, smiling at me,” he said.
“I punched him out of fear for my girlfriend because she was being sexually assaulted.”
Bond said he hit Dunn three times in the temple and jaw — right, left, right.
“He fell on the ground,” he said. “He was still holding onto her when I punched him. I believe she shrieked or made a noise. I can’t fully recall but she wasn’t happy about it.”
Bond’s testimony under questions from defence lawyer Don Campbell is expected to conclude on Monday before cross-examination.
His trial is scheduled to conclude next week.
More than a dozen of Dunn’s family and friends have been present in court for each of the first five days of Bond’s trial.