The AA member that tortured John Michael Siscoe is considered one of they worst crimes committed in Toronto history. Siscoe met the man at an AA meeting! Siscoe’s wife is in court for her part in covering up the torture. You cannot be too careful in AA meetings. More and more people are reported being murdered, raped and mutilated by people they have met at AA and NA meetings.
Here is original story- AA Daytona Meetings
Wife didn’t understand consequences of torturing husband, sentencing hearing told
The silence of a woman whose husband was brutally tortured by her new boyfriend was out of self-preservation and she knew during the three-month period of abuse that what was happening was illegal, court heard Tuesday.
And each time she had a chance to do something about what was happening, she chose her safety and that of her unborn child over her husband’s.
Dr. Percy Wright, a forensic psychologist, told an Ontario Superior courtroom Tuesday afternoon that despite the woman’s mental disabilities, she was able to understand that what her boyfriend, John Michael Siscoe, 40, was doing to her husband was inherently wrong.
“She understood keeping a secret and the implications that come with it, he said.
He added her strong verbal comprehension, despite her low IQ, indicates she knew the physical, sexual and psychological abuse of her husband was horrendous, which she described in her police interview in 2010 as “brutal.”
Even when a nurse came to their Toronto apartment daily to help the victim after a medical procedure, during the three months he was subjected to the torture, she made no effort to get the victim help, the court heard. When police came to rescue the victim, and in the company of a police officer who asked her what happened to the victim, she lied and said he got in a fight, the prosecutor told the court.
“She knew what was wrong,” Wright said. “She knew this was something to be hidden. She took part in the stories Mr. Siscoe told to her.”
In a video of the woman being interviewed by police in 2010, she said it was inevitable Siscoe would turn his violent tendencies toward her and she feared for her life.
“It was the way I saw him with (the victim),” she said. “It was only a matter of time.”
Crown attorney Paul Leishman challenged Dr. Derek Pallandi during the doctor’s testimony at the woman’s sentencing hearing Tuesday.
The 30-year-old woman, whose name is subject to a publication ban, had earlier been described by Pallandi as lacking the ability to protect the wellbeing of her husband.
Both doctors agreed the fact she showed no emotion when recounting the torture to police was strange considering the chain of events.
Leishman countered that she was able to protect herself, her relationship with Siscoe and her unborn child.
Pallandi said while she would show signs of cognitive understanding that what she was doing was wrong, she was under immense stress, particularly from Siscoe.
Her decisions were made, he said, without thinking about the long-term consequences.
“She doesn’t think globally, but momentarily, Pallandi said. “She was being coached by Siscoe over time. She’d been told this is what the party line is going to be.”
When asked if she cared more about her relationship with Siscoe and her baby than her husband’s torture and confinement, Pallandi said he couldn’t disagree.
Siscoe, 40, and the victim’s wife pleaded guilty in January 2012 in the Superior Court of Justice to numerous charges, including endangering a life and sexual assault causing bodily harm, from Oct. 31, 2009, until police rescued the man on Jan. 19, 2010.
During that January court appearance, it took 75 minutes for Leishman to read aloud the 25-page description of the victim’s confinement and brutal torture over the course of three months. AA Daytona Beach Meetings.
The case will be back in court May 16 for submissions for sentencing.