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Updated: Wed, 16 Oct 2013 22:22:15 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

'I'm disfigured,' Dustin Paxton victim tells Calgary court



'I'm disfigured,' Dustin Paxton victim tells Calgary court

The man who was repeatedly beaten and sexually assaulted by Dustin Paxton says his brain injuries make it hard for him to eat and drink and his disfigured appearance makes him unattractive to women.

"I'm disfigured," he told a Calgary courtroom today.

The man, who cannot be identified under court order, made the remarks in his victim impact statement during the final arguments of Paxton's dangerous offender hearing.

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Paxton was convicted last year of aggravated and sexual assault against his former business partner and roommate.

The beaten and emaciated victim was dropped off at a Regina hospital in April 2010 weighing 87 pounds, suffering from several broken bones and a mutilated face.

Dressed all in black, Paxton’s victim read slowly from a statement. He said he has post-traumatic stress disorder, a severe brain injury, trouble sleeping and anxiety around ordinary household items such as dog leashes and extension cords, which Paxton used to beat him.

"I have to take special medication twice a day to keep stress under control," he said.

The man said he is unable to work and still needs more reconstructive surgery on his face.

Victim assaulted for roughly 18 months

He told court he does not want to live the rest of his life in fear of Paxton, who smirked and shook his head at times as the man spoke. 

Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Sheilah Martin, who presided over Paxton's trial in 2012, has been hearing final arguments from Crown and defence counsel over the last two days.

If he is labelled a dangerous offender, Paxton could be locked up indefinitely.

Crown lawyer Julie Morgan told court on Tuesday that Paxton fits the criteria for that designation.

The Crown is seeking a 15- to 18-year prison term plus 10 years of community supervision if Martin does not label Paxton a dangerous offender.

Defence lawyer Jim Lutz suggested Paxton can be rehabilitated, and that he should be sentenced to eight years.

Paxton told the court he is committed to counselling, but did not apologize to his victim for assaulting him over an 18-month period. 

The matter will be back in court on Oct. 31, when a date will be set for the judge's ruling.

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