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Sex predator who threatened to slice victim deserves 7 years: Crown

By Sam Pazzano, Toronto Sun

Andrew Medford

Andrew Medford

TORONTO - 

A knife-wielding sex predator who raped, choked and threatened to slice up his victim to excite himself should be locked up for seven years, court heard Wednesday.

Crown attorney Frank Schembri said Andrew Medford inflicted a “prolonged attack” on a sex worker on July 15, 2011 that ended when a Good Samaritan saw Medford “manhandling” the victim, shouted at him, and phoned police.

Schembri urged Justice Carole Brown to impose a lengthy prison sentence for the brutal crime.

In April, Brown convicted Medford, 25, of five offences, including sexual assault with a weapon, choking to overcome resistance, uttering threats, assault, and possession of a weapon to commit an offence.

Medford and the victim met at a Dufferin-Eglinton bar. The woman agreed to a “date” where she’d perform oral sex for cash, Brown said.

The pair entered a carport off Vaughan Rd. and she began performing the sex act. He took too long to climax and became rough and frustrated, court heard. She wanted to quit, and asked for the money since she was craving more cocaine.

Medford pulled out a dagger and vowed to split her open from her ass to her back, saying, “Maybe the open flesh will turn me on,” Brown said.

He choked her to unconsciousness and dragged her across Vaughan Road, where she clutched a chain link fence and screamed loudly for help.

Mark Messelhi, who was sleeping on a seventh-floor balcony across the street, heard her panicked cries and saw Medford pinning her against the fence. Messelhi phoned 911 and police arrived while Medford fled.

The crime remain unsolved until 2014 when Medford was charged with the fall 2013 knife-point rape of another woman in her Rogers-Keele Rds. apartment. Police collected his DNA and it identified him as the culprit in the 2011 crimes as his DNA was found on a condom he discarded at the scene.

Medford was convicted of the 2013 crime in February this year and had his bail revoked immediately. He hasn’t yet been sentenced on those crimes.

Brown will pass sentence on Oct. 19.

spazzano@postmedia.com



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