Manslaughter trial hears from then-girlfriend of accused

Sarah Hupe testifies that victim Sean Dunn was harassing her the night he was beaten to death. James David Bond is standing trial in B.C. Supreme Court in Kamloops

A Kamloops woman at the centre of a deadly altercation outside a North Shore bar two years ago told jurors on Tuesday she has since been “haunted” by the incident.

Sarah Hupe took the witness stand in Day 7 of James David Bond’s manslaughter trial in B.C. Supreme Court in Kamloops. Sean Dunn, 42, was found dead on a sidewalk on Wood Street near Tranquille Road following a beating at the hands of Bond in the early-morning hours of Dec. 30, 2016.

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Bond has admitted he punched Dunn three times in the head. He said the blows came after hours of Dunn harassing Hupe, Bond’s girlfriend at the time.

According to Bond, he punched Dunn while the man grabbed Hupe’s breasts without her consent.

Hupe confirmed Bond’s account in her testimony.

She said she met Dunn while playing pool at The Duchess bar hours before his death.

Sean Dunn
Sean Dunn was 42 when he was beaten to death on Dec. 30, 2016.

“He was proceeding to constantly, let’s just say ogle me might be the right word,” Hupe told jurors. “He wouldn’t leave me alone.”

Court has heard a bouncer intervened and asked Dunn to stay away from Hupe. 

Video surveillance from The Duchess shows Dunn approaching Hupe, Bond and others outside the bar after it closed.

Hupe said she asked Dunn to leave.

“He didn’t seem to take it very seriously,” she said. “He did not leave me alone.”

Hupe said she went to urinate near a nearby apartment building and was followed by Dunn and Dustan Pendrak, one of Bond’s friends.

“They came up, Dustan and Mr. Dunn came up, and they stopped where I was going to the washroom — a little too close,” she said. “That’s when James said, ‘Back off — give the lady some space.’”

Jurors heard Dunn then placed his hands on Hupe’s breasts and Bond began to punch him.

“He literally hit him a few times and then backed off,” Hupe said, noting she remembers the incident vividly. “That image has haunted me since that day. … He fell to the ground. He fell on his face and then I rolled him over to see how he was doing.”

During his testimony last Friday, Bond admitted he lost control of his rage when he punched Dunn.

“I snapped,” he said. “It was a breaking point. I didn’t know what to do. He was not leaving us alone. He was following us. I didn’t know what else to do. I had to take some action.”

Crown prosecutor Frank Caputo suggested Dunn’s behaviour was “harmless” and friendly.

“Not when he’s making advances on my girlfriend and grinding his pool cue in her crotch and bumping into her,” Bond replied. “That’s not being friendly.”

Bond’s trial is expected to conclude this week.

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