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Jian Ghomeshi trial: Lucy DeCoutere wrote accused that she wanted to have sex with him after alleged assault

Jian Ghomeshi trial: Lucy DeCoutere wrote accused that she wanted to have sex with him after alleged assault

‘I am sad we didn’t spend the night together’, DeCoutere wrote Ghomeshi

By Mark Gollom, CBC News Posted: Feb 05, 2016 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Feb 05, 2016 8:57 PM ET

Jian Ghomeshi leaves a Toronto courthouse after the fourth day of his sexual assault trial wrapped up.

Jian Ghomeshi leaves a Toronto courthouse after the fourth day of his sexual assault trial wrapped up. (David Donelly/CBC)

Lucy DeCoutere emailed Jian Ghomeshi hours after an alleged sexual assault saying she wanted to have sex with him, and sent him a handwritten letter days later saying she was sad they didn’t spend the night together, court heard today.

Lucy DeCoutere

“You kicked my ass last night and that makes me want to f–k your brains out tonight,” DeCoutere emailed Ghomeshi about 1:30 a.m.

It was one of a series of emails unveiled by Ghomeshi’s lawyer, Marie Henein, sent to the former CBC Radio host by the Trailer Park Boysactress in the years following the alleged assault. DeCoutere claims she was choked and slapped by Ghomeshi at his Toronto home following a dinner date in July 2003.

​Ghomeshi, 48, who lives in Toronto, has pleaded not guilty in provincial court to four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking, all related to alleged assaults from 2002 to 2003. A judge alone is hearing the case.

The identities of the two other complainants in the case are protected under a publication ban, but DeCoutere, also an air force captain, went to court to lift the ban on her name.

VANCOUVER: Amirreza Sepehr charged with stabbing, had been previously convicted for assault with a weapon

Amirreza Sepehr has been charged with assault in connection with a stabbing at Emily Carr University in Vancouver.

A man accused of stabbing a fellow student in the face at Emily Carr University in Vancouver on Wednesday evening has been granted bail and is under house arrest at his parents’ home.

Amirreza Sepehr has been charged with two counts of assault with a weapon. The 24-year-old man, who is believed to suffer from Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism, turned himself in on Thursday morning.

Appearing in court in Vancouver on Friday, he was granted bail under the following conditions:

  • He must keep the peace.
  • He must not leave his parents’ home, unless escorted by one of his parents or someone approved by his bail supervisor.
  • He must not carry any knives or weapons.
  • He must not go to any Emily Carr campus or any adjacent roads.
  • He must have no indirect/direct contact with the stabbing victim.

Sepehr’s next court appearance will be on Dec. 30.

Arrived in Quebec as skilled immigrant, Kevin can’t find work

Accepted to Quebec as a skilled immigrant, Kevin can’t find work

When Kevin moved to Montreal from Tehran in August 2014 after five years of immigration paperwork, he thought his life was about to get easier.

He’d worked for 10 years as an electrical engineer in Iran and graduated from the country’s top technical university. He’d been accepted to Quebec because he is a skilled worker.

“I thought that when I was accepted as a skilled immigrant, I’d be able to work,” he said.

He was wrong. Shortly after arriving, he learned that he couldn’t work in Quebec as an engineer until he became a member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec. But to become a part of the OIQ, he needs to pass two exams, and each exam is only offered a few times per year.

Without an OIQ membership, experience in Canada or connections, he can’t find work. He’s applied for over 200 jobs, but hasn’t been hired yet.


Money is incredibly tight. Kevin lives in Côte-des-Neiges with his daughter and his wife, both of whom immigrated with him. His wife is also a student, taking insurance classes at Vanier College. They’re living off her bursaries, and piling up debt. “When we arrived here, we weren’t like other immigrants who have family here. We were completely alone,” he said.


Kevin and his family are among the thousands who will receive a $125 cheque from the Gazette Christmas Fund this year. The money helps to make the holiday season more cheerful for individuals and families in need.

He’s going to use part of the money to buy a small gift for his daughter, who turns 3 on Jan. 1, and use the rest for essentials.

In the meantime he isn’t giving up. He’s passed his first OIQ exam, and will write the second one in the spring. He’s taken French classes, and courses in industrial automation. He’s hoping things will get better for his family.


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Iranian man convicted of sex assault of ex-girlfriend

A North Vancouver man has been convicted of assaulting and sexually assaulting his former girlfriend.

The pair, young adults of Iranian heritage, met in late 2012 and began a romantic relationship that the victim, who is only identified by the initials S.M. in a court ruling, described as being initially “generally satisfying and pleasant.”

But S.M. had some concerns about her boyfriend, only identified as M.H., because he was suspicious of her and tried to prevent her from socializing with her friends.

She testified that in May 2013, following a conversation, he slapped her twice across the face, causing a nose bleed and injuries to her lip and eye.

S.M. told the court that she didn’t want anyone in the Iranian community to know what had happened because nothing like that had ever happened to her before, she was an independent person and did not want to be seen to be a victim.

CANADA: Supporters of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) rally to condemn human rights abuse in Iran

 Wednesday, 24 June 2015 11:12
  • Supporters of the PMOI in Ottawa

NCRI – Iranians in Canada and Holland have held rallies to condemn the human rights abuses that exist in Iran and urge international protection for Iranian dissidents who are under threat of massacre in Iraq.

All three rallies in Montréal, Ottawa and The Hague took place over the weekend.

Supporters of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) in Ottawa held a banner which read “Stop executions in Iran” and another which read “29 hangings in one day: Mullahs’ leaders must be tried for crimes against humanity.”

They also held Iran’s tri-color flag.

In Holland, the protesting Iranians held a banner which read “Camp Liberty, now = a prison and totally unacceptable.”