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The sexual assault of his common-law wife became the genesis of a violent assault-turned homicide, Kesley Jacob told a courtroom Monday.
Jacob, 35, took the stand Monday to defend himself against a manslaughter charge in his alleged connection to the beating death of 53-year-old Barney Beaver.
“I was shocked," Jacob told the court through tears while being questioned by his defence attorney, George Joseph.
"I was surprised and scared for (her). It was all a reaction."
He described Beaver as being a friend and like an uncle prior to the incident.
The court heard how Jacob, along with his common-law wife, spent the evening of Dec. 16, 2011 with Beaver having drinks in his hotel room at the Victoria Inn before going down to the Chicago Joe’s restaurant.
After a few more drinks the group, which included one other man, returned to the hotel room.
Jacob said he had gone outside to have a cigarette with one of the other members of the group, leaving his common-law spouse alone with Beaver.
Both Beaver and Jacob's wife were described as intoxicated at the time they were left together in the hotel room.
When Jacob returned, he testified that he found Beaver "violating" his wife.
He told the court that he saw her on the bed with her pants and underwear down around her ankles with Beaver standing over top of her.
Jacob then described a physical altercation between himself and Beaver. He told the court that he pulled Beaver off his wife and pushed him to the floor.
He said he had struck Beaver a couple of times, but admitted under cross-examination it could have been more.
When he left the room, Jacob said Beaver was attempting to stand up using support from furniture in the room. He said Beaver ordered them out of the room, threatening to call police if they didn't leave.
Beaver was found unconscious in the room the next morning and died in hospital nearly a week later.
Earlier in the trial a paramedic responding to the call described Beaver’s state as being one of the most disturbing scenes he had ever seen during more than 20 years on the job.
Jacob was originally charged with aggravated assault but became a homicide case upon Beaver’s death.
Jacob is currently free on bail.
None of the charges have been proven in court.
The trial has been adjourned until Tuesday morning.
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