NEWS
08/12/2011 10:29 EDT | Updated 10/12/2011 05:12 EDT

B.C.'s David Bobbitt Faces 7 More Charges

CBC

David Wesley Bobbitt is now facing eight criminal charges in connection with the beating and sexual assault of a young Penticton, B.C., mother.

The 22-year-old woman and her toddler son were held for more than 12 hours at Bobbitt's second-hand store, where she had gone to shop for a mattress July 30, police said.

The provincial Crown said Thursday it has charged Bobbitt with attempted murder, unlawful confinement, aggravated sexual assault, assault with a weapon, robbery, and threatening the woman and her son with death or bodily harm.

The woman's 22-month-old son was not physically harmed. The woman sustained multiple injuries but has been released from hospital.

Psychiatric examination

After the woman's brother found her and the boy in Bobbitt's store, a Canada-wide warrant was issued for Bobbitt, who was arrested Aug. 3 near the town of Oliver, about 35 kilometres south of Penticton.

He was remanded in custody at a court hearing Aug. 4 and ordered to undergo a psychiatric examination.

Police said Thursday they are looking to speak with anyone who may have had contact with Bobbitt July 31 or later — especially a woman who they believe picked Bobbitt up near the Penticton airport, and dropped him off near Kaleden.

Fundraisers put on by friends and family in Penticton have raised about $30,000 for the victim.