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Victim lists more injuries in London, Ont., torture case

By Jane Sims, The London Free Press

London court house (CRAIG GLOVER, The London Free Press)

London court house (CRAIG GLOVER, The London Free Press)

LONDON, Ont. -- She has already given the court a laundry list of horrors -- but there was more.

On Monday, even the Crown was taken by surprise when a woman who is the central figure in a shocking torture trial recalled more violent, bizarre punishments inflicted by her roommates, Johnathon Rick, 38, and Cynthia Anderson, 36, before she was discovered on Aug. 13, 2011.

Rick and Anderson have pleaded not guilty to a collective 11 charges. Their roommate, a 27-year-old woman with cerebral palsy and a slight intellectual delay, says she was subjected to four years of captivity and abuse.

Her identity is protected by court order.

The woman testified she made a list Friday night after court of other indignities and injuries.

“I’m really upset. I want to tell you guys what happened,” she said while testifying from a closed-circuit TV suite in the courthouse.

She said there were other whippings with pieces of cable to her ears, back and arm. She said she would be hit until she bled, then warned she’d be hit again if she got blood on the carpet.

The woman also claimed that Rick “poured chemicals down my throat” because she erased a number on the home phone.

She testified Rick forced her to swallow bleach, Vim cleaner, shaving cream and shampoo.

The new allegations were made after she had described how Rick and Anderson cut her off from her family and friends and took control of her money.

The woman testified Rick and Anderson created the passwords to her bank accounts. The woman said Rick would sometimes give her “a couple of bucks” for munchies or a coffee.

Rick didn’t have a job and had collected welfare for a brief time after he was released from jail, she said. Otherwise, he lived off of Anderson and her disability pensions and GST cheques.

The woman testified she wasn’t allowed contact with a group of friends. She explained her family situation was complicated. She ran away from home when she was a teenager after she was sexually abused by relatives.

She had a child, who is in the care of a relative, but she said wasn’t allowed to contact them when she lived with Rick and Anderson. The rest of her family were off-limits as well.

She was told by Rick and Anderson that if she ever ended up at the hospital, she was to say “I did it to myself.”

The trial continues Feb. 5.

jane.sims@sunmedia.ca

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