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06/29/2011 11:09 EDT | Updated 08/29/2011 05:12 EDT

Romeo Cormier Trial: Victim Testifies Again, Disputes Cormier's Testimony

CBC -- Prosecutors have recalled the woman who says Romeo Cormier kidnapped and sexually assaulted her after the Moncton, N.B., man spent two days in the witness box disputing the story his accuser previously told the court.

The woman, who cannot be identified because of a publication ban, already spent two days testifying against Cormier, 63, who is facing six charges, including kidnapping and sexual assault.

The woman was recalled on Wednesday after Cormier faced cross-examination from prosecutors.

Earlier in the trial, the woman said Cormier abducted her from a downtown Moncton shopping mall parking lot on Feb. 26, 2010, and took her to a nearby rooming house.

She said he held her captive and repeatedly sexually assaulted her until she escaped after 26 days.

However, Cormier told the court that he and the woman were plotting to kill her husband on the night of Feb. 26.

While the woman testified she had never seen Cormier before the kidnapping, Cormier told the court he has known his accuser since 1993 after first meeting her in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Cormier recounted on Wednesday his lengthy criminal history during a short cross-examination at his trial in Moncton.

A Crown attorney spent about 10 minutes cross-examining Cormier. When the accused was asked, "Is it fair to say you've been in defiance of the law your whole life" and "Is it fair to say you've lived your whole life in dishonesty," he answered yes.

Cormier was asked to detail his criminal history, which dates back to 1984 when he robbed his father-in-law.

"I robbed the son of a bitch, OK," Cormier said.

He received four years and six months in prison for the armed robbery.

His next brush with the law came in 1994, when he robbed a liquor store.

Cormier told the court he robbed the store at 10 p.m. because he knew there wouldn't be women and children in there.

"I have morals," Cormier said of his reasoning behind the time he robbed the store.

He received five years for the liquor store robbery.

He was also convicted for possession of drugs in 2002 and theft in 2004.

Court of Queen's Bench Justice Zoël Dionne again cautioned the defence to control Cormier during his questions.

After offering a lengthy response on his criminal history, Dionne warned his lawyer not to allow Cormier to continue talking.

"We're not here to listen to whatever Mr. Cormier wants to say about his past convictions," Dionne said.

The Crown prosecutor also asked Cormier whether he believes he has an eccentric personality.

Cormier said Romeo is "a Shakespearean name," so he's eccentric.

Once the Crown wrapped up the cross-examination, the defence rested its case.

The trial is now in recess.