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Title: Beating of call girl happened while attacker slept, Gary Gordon Yuen 47 Calgary
Post by: Edsonmom on June 17, 2010, 09:21:43 PM
Yep, I can see this open up a whole new defence for murder..


Calgary man says he beat prostitute in his sleep

By KEVIN MARTIN, QMI Agency
CALGARY -- Calgarian Gary Gordon Yuen may have been acting out a dream when he brutally beat and sexually assaulted a $1,000-a-night prostitute, a sleep expert said Tuesday.

And Dr. Colin Shapiro, a Toronto-based psychiatrist, said Yuen’s violent dream may have been triggered by a wrestling movie he watched hours earlier.

Shapiro told defence lawyer Balfour Der his client may have been experiencing REM behaviour disorder when he took a baseball bat and badly beat his victim before sexually assaulting her.

The disorder “allows a person to get up and act out their dreams,” Shapiro said.

Unlike most sleepers, those who experience the condition don’t lose muscle function when they drop into rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, he said.

“Muscles are, by and large, switched off (during normal sleep),” Shapiro told Der.

Shapiro said testing and his history showed Yuen is subject to incidents of parasomnia, a state which allows sleepers to complete tasks normally associated with being awake.

Sufferers don’t have any memory of what they did once they awaken.

“In my view the constellation of evidence points strongly towards this being a parasomnia activity,” Shapiro said, of the attack on Yuen’s victim.

Yuen, 47, faces four charges, including aggravated assault and unlawful confinement in connection with a Feb. 11, 2007, incident in his 4 Ave. N.W. home.

The professional engineer attacked a $1,000-a-night prostitute he regularly hired, repeatedly striking her with a baseball bat, choking her unconscious, removing her clothing and sexually assaulting her.

The woman eventually ran naked from Yuen’s home and was rescued by a passing motorist, who took her to police.

A doctor testified the victim, who can’t be named, suffered injuries severe enough to kill her had she not been treated.

Shapiro agreed with Der the accused’s actions in having sex with a woman he just turned into a bloodied pulp was abnormal.

“It is bizarre behaviour and bizarreness is a factor in many parasomniac behaviours.”

Under cross-examination by Crown prosecutor Pam McCluskey, Shapiro agreed the vast majority of parasomniac activities are of a brief duration.

His testimony is ongoing.

kevin.martin@sunmedia.ca
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Crime/2010/06/14/14390896.html
Title: Re: Beating of call girl happened while attacker slept, Gary Gordon Yuen 47 Calgary
Post by: solvy on December 09, 2010, 11:35:41 AM
CL  this is almost unbelieveable that he would state he wasn't concerned about her state enough to call for help, what  is happening to the people of the world??
Title: Re: Beating of call girl happened while attacker slept, Gary Gordon Yuen 47 Calgary
Post by: SAP on December 09, 2010, 01:14:11 PM
http://www.edmontonsun.com/news/alberta/2010/12/09/16483646.html (http://www.edmontonsun.com/news/alberta/2010/12/09/16483646.html)

Doc says sex attack not sleepwalking
By KEVIN MARTIN, QMI Agency

Last Updated: December 9, 2010 4:44am
Email Story Print Size A A A Report Typo CALGARY - It's unlikely a Calgary man was asleep when he beat and sexually assaulted a $1,000-a-night hooker, an expert testified Wednesday.

Dr. Patrick Hanly, director of the Foothills Medical Centre sleep centre, said the evidence would suggest Gary Gordon Yuen, 47, was awake when he committed the attack.

Hanly was called by Crown prosecutors Pam McCluskey and Susan Pepper to dispute defence testimony Yuen may have been acting out a dream when he assaulted his victim.

The expert witness said he didn't believe Yuen was in a parasomniac state -- one in which he was committing an "undesirable" act while sleeping -- at the time of the assault in his home.

"The question I was asked was whether the events that occurred on Feb. 11, 2007, could be due to or explained by a sleep disorder," Hanly said.

"My opinion was it was unlikely that the physical and sexual assault was due to a parasomnia."

Hanly said Yuen's interactions with the complainant would suggest he wasn't acting out a dream and was in a state of wakefulness when he assaulted her.

He said such involuntary sleep activity, known as REM behaviour disorder, usually lasts a few minutes, not the 90 minutes Yuen assaulted, raped and confined the woman.

"I have not read about or seen a parasomnia that has lasted that long," Hanly said.

He also said Yuen's dealings with the woman, which included wiping her blood off his walls and talking to the victim, was inconsistent with someone in a sleeping state or coming out of one.

"She describes ... that in the conversation (after the assault) he would drop his eyes from her bloodied head, presumably because it was disturbing to see that," Hanly said.

"Concealing what happened is not consistent (with parasomnia)."

Yuen faces four charges including aggravated assault and unlawful confinement for the attack in his home.

Defence counsel Balfour Der will cross-examine the doctor this morning.

kevin.martin@sunmedia.ca
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He's not getting away with that excuse!

Title: Re: Beating of call girl happened while attacker slept, Gary Gordon Yuen 47 Calgary
Post by: Woodland on December 09, 2010, 02:31:51 PM
I'm pretty embarrassed the doctor that testified for the defense, saying he 'may' have a sleep disorder, is from Ontario.

On a website site called 'ratemds.com' this pysch doc has many bad/poor reviews.  There are a few good notes, so I have to wonder who wrote those.  Imo, he sold his credentials for a large amount of money and some newspaper time.  The freakin' guy is allowed to teach in Ontario.

My apologies to Alberta that we could lend such nonsense to your judicial process.
Title: Re: Beating of call girl happened while attacker slept, Gary Gordon Yuen 47 Calgary
Post by: SAP on December 09, 2010, 08:16:21 PM
Thanks for that info Woodland; it's good to know that. Perhaps the Ontario sleep specialist was a friend of Yuen's lawyer and owed him a "favor". No need for you to be embarressed. ;)
Title: Re: Beating of call girl happened while attacker slept, Gary Gordon Yuen 47 Calgary
Post by: wenchette on December 09, 2010, 10:34:11 PM
Balfour Der seems to be the "go-to" guy to get yourself "Off"...if you happen to be an "uber" (should have two dots over the U) a$$hole...and have landed yourself in a big pile of the brown-and-squishy stuff...hell he defended Colin Jones...the dude who ordered himself a pizza (in Calgary) after he caused a hit-n-run accident...then a few days later boogied back to Gatwick Airport...in England

I figure that the above a$$hole, the super bad trick...Yuen...never intended for the lady-of-the-evening to keep the $1000...he meant to kill her...which is what Gary Ridgeway used to do...
Title: Re: Beating of call girl happened while attacker slept, Gary Gordon Yuen 47 Calgary
Post by: Edsonmom on December 10, 2010, 09:39:03 PM
Looks like we have to wait till Feb 11TH for this one!!

Sexomnia claim laughable: Crown
By Kevin Martin, Calgary Sun

Last Updated: December 10, 2010 6:54pm


Just because his conduct was bizarre does not mean Calgarian Gary Yuen was sleepwalking when he brutally assaulted a prostitute, a prosecutor said Friday.

Instead, Crown lawyer Susan Pepper argued, Yuen had ample motive to beat and then rape the $1,000-a-night hooker he frequently hired.

Pepper suggested Yuen’s mounting debt, coupled with the fact he owed the woman $4,000 for a four-day weekend at his home, gave him reason to lash out on Feb. 11, 2007.

She said claims Yuen was in a state of “sexomnia,” having sexual relations while sleeping, wasn’t supported by the evidence.

Defence counsel Balfour Der had earlier argued his client’s behaviour was so bizarre it could only have occurred while he was in an altered state of consciousness.

But Pepper said Yuen, who had a 21/2-year relationship with the complainant, would have seen that coming to an end because he couldn’t pay.

“He was a man who was about the lose two of the only things that actually mattered to him, his home and his girlfriend,” Pepper said.

“Why do people hurt the people they love? That is a question often asked by these courts,” she said. “There is rarely an answer that is not in some sense bizarre to ... normal mentally healthy people.

“A bizarre crime is an oxymoron because all crime is bizarre.”

Der said there was no evidence to support the Crown’s theory the woman would not return to Yuen’s bed if he didn’t pay her for that weekend. In fact, the lawyer noted, the complainant said Yuen already owed him $16,000 for earlier sexual encounters, yet she flew into Calgary from Vancouver to be with him.

Yuen, 47, faces four charges, including aggravated assault and unlawful confinement in connection with the incident in his 4 Ave. N.W. home.

A date for Justice David Wilkins to hand down his verdict will be set Feb. 11.

kevin.martin@sunmedia.ca

http://www.calgarysun.com/news/alberta/2010/12/10/16510366.html (http://www.calgarysun.com/news/alberta/2010/12/10/16510366.html)
Title: Re: Beating of call girl happened while attacker slept, Gary Gordon Yuen 47 Calgary
Post by: wenchette on December 11, 2010, 01:29:32 AM
Am to understand that this silly broad...& I use the term with much knowledge-aforethought...went back to Yuen's home...after he was already into her credit-crunch for THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS????  No lady-of-the-evening worthy of the the term (and hell, there've been many a gal who parlayed their profession into a successful business)...would grant a trick this kind of credit...it's where the trick starts thinking of the lady as his "girl-friend"...& boy, is that a "NO-NO"
Cardinal sin...in the biz...all my sympathies, empathy, warm & cozies just went flying out the window for this woman!!!!
Title: Re: Beating of call girl happened while attacker slept, Gary Gordon Yuen 47 Calgary
Post by: wenchette on December 11, 2010, 02:07:51 AM
Flew in from VANCOUVER????  Everything about this case/event is so OUT THERE...tragi/comedy...from Yuen to his high-priced call-girl (in his mind "girl-friend") ..to his high-priced lawyer...to HIS high-priced defence witness...some hack head-doctor with a REALLY novel defence...cheesy & horrible...for everybody...
If Yuen was so broke...how could he afford this particular lawyer??
Sure doesn't sound like Julia Roberts in "Pretty Woman", does it?


 

Title: Re: Beating of call girl happened while attacker slept, Gary Gordon Yuen 47 Calgary
Post by: wenchette on December 11, 2010, 04:37:02 PM
Carol-Lynn...some of the material that falls outta the bottom of your pen/computer really startles the heck out of me...if any of my confreres...co-workers...of back in the day were to read your post...they would be suitably horrified...then laugh their guts out...far from being a bad "date"...I've got the scars to prove what a bad "date" can & will do...if given the opportunity...only back in the day we didn't call them "dates"...they were TRICKS...MARKS...Period!!!  The lady in this story broke some cardinal rules in dealing with this Yuen...first & foremost...a "business girl" NEVER would give a Mark credit...especially if he already OWED  her dough...it just wouldn't be good business sense...regardless of whether she was an independant or had a pimp...& if she had a pimp...& came all the way back to Vancouver...with empty jeans...he'd have probably beat the crap out of her anyway... 

Stupidity & a terminal lack of common-sense almost got this gal killed...she seems to have got the idea that the gravy train wasn't ever going to end...

I read some of the notes about the shrink that Balfour Dur used in Yuen's defence...Holy Mackeral...how is it that this goof is still practising medicine??? 
Title: Re: Beating of call girl happened while attacker slept, Gary Gordon Yuen 47 Calgary
Post by: wenchette on December 11, 2010, 04:50:58 PM
Have any of the persons on this website...heard...if Yuen & this call-girl were high...it almost seems like that kind of scenario...

Svekla used to get high with hookers...out east of Sherwood Park...& then murder them...
Title: Re: Beating of call girl happened while attacker slept, Gary Gordon Yuen 47 Calgary
Post by: SAP on December 12, 2010, 03:29:04 AM
Whatever the rules are for escorts, surely there's no rule that one cannot "fall in love"? Perhaps the lady fell in love with Yuen? Why else would she fly across 2 provinces to be with him? She may not have realized what a SOB he is.
Has she herself said she was an escort? I don't think so, so maybe that is something he conjured up to spoil her image for the courts?
Title: Re: Beating of call girl happened while attacker slept, Gary Gordon Yuen 47 Calgary
Post by: wenchette on December 12, 2010, 05:35:27 PM
Carol-Lynn....Carol-Lynn...Carol-Lynn...do y'all not have SpellCheck on your computor? ...most of your posts are barely legible...

This is in reply to your nasty full-of-kukka post to me personally...which, incidentally I've reported to the moderator...Chris, I believe is his name...Nothin' fraudulent 'bout me...& the name you attempted to call me...in today's parlance would be "wannabe" not "want-to-be"...which I sure's hell am not...HAVE, however, lived through some bad-assed $$it that you probably only would have nightmares about...I sense that you're relatively New to the game...& still maybe believe in the "Pretty Woman" syndrome...you know...like falling in love with a "Trick", which is the oldest John-ploy in the book.  It's also one that a lot of well-meaning but naive square-johns...both male & female subscribe to...

You seem to get pissed-off @ just about everybody that brings something new (ideas, experiences) to this website...&, in your relatively limited intellectual capacity...when things don't go the way you feel they should...want to "take your ball & go home"...by calling somebody a "fraud", "wanna-be", or even rude...when called out on just about anything danged thing...& in the process have elevated "twit-ism" to a high-art level...

Have a glorious day!!!!  said in my most sarcastic tone!!!!







Title: Re: Beating of call girl happened while attacker slept, Gary Gordon Yuen 47 Calgary
Post by: wenchette on December 12, 2010, 05:37:27 PM
Whatever the rules are for escorts, surely there's no rule that one cannot "fall in love"? Perhaps the lady fell in love with Yuen? Why else would she fly across 2 provinces to be with him? She may not have realized what a SOB he is.
Has she herself said she was an escort? I don't think so, so maybe that is something he conjured up to spoil her image for the courts?
Title: Re: Beating of call girl happened while attacker slept, Gary Gordon Yuen 47 Calgary
Post by: wenchette on December 12, 2010, 05:45:12 PM
SAP...you bring up an excellent point...the scuzz-bag fella Yuen certainly could have made that sort of comment re: the lady that he'd beat the crap out-of...again, it's an old ploy on the part of john "well, you know she gave me a freebe"...or "she's my girlfriend now, I shouldn't have to pay for it anymore"...or "she's just a hooker out for my money, I can do what I want with her"...a sense of entitlement...or of control over the lady...& Yuen sounds like a piece-of-work...something out of the freakin' dark ages...also like some line had been crossed...in his mind anyway...
Title: Re: Beating of call girl happened while attacker slept, Gary Gordon Yuen 47 Calgary
Post by: SAP on December 12, 2010, 06:27:10 PM
There should never be a difference in outcome of a courtcase whether the lady is an escort, waitress, Doctor, etc etc.  I would never think or say one deserved that kind of brutal attack just because of her work, but it seems to make a difference to certain kinds of males.
Looking at some of the backgrounds for some of the most notorious perps, I would bet old religious teachings from their childhoods come into play; not just the religious teachings but in how the parents drove the point home. Many of those 'old country' parents taught that sex was evil! No wonder so many people are screwed up. When the young men were old enough to question what their parents said, they would have had to wonder if they were created that way too.
Title: Re: Beating of call girl happened while attacker slept, Gary Gordon Yuen 47 Calgary
Post by: Sap1 on August 11, 2016, 02:13:41 PM
http://www.torontosun.com/2011/04/29/beating-accused-on-life-support

The Calgary suspect in the brutal beating of a $1,000-a-night hooker is in serious condition in hospital and unable to attend court, his lawyer said Friday.

Defence counsel Balfour Der said shortly before court he spoke to a nurse at Foothills Hospital who could provide few details of Gary Gordon Yuen’s condition.

“I can just repeat what she told me, that he was unconscious and on life support,” Der told Justice David Wilkins, who was scheduled to hand down a verdict in the case.

Der said Yuen checked himself into Foothills on Thursday after not feeling well for several days.

“He had been feeling poorly the last two, or three days according to his father,” Der said.

During his trial last June, Yuen said he could not deny beating up the $1,000-a-night prostitute he regularly hired because he had no recollection of the incident.

Der called expert evidence to suggest his client was sleepwalking at the time and acted involuntarily — testimony disputed by a doctor called by the Crown.

The professional engineer said the Feb. 11, 2007, incident occurred while he was in an altered state of consciousness brought on by a sleep disorder.

The woman, who can’t be identified, said she was repeatedly beaten with a baseball bat and choked unconscious, before her clothing was removed and she was sexually assaulted.

Yuen said he had no recollection of attacking the woman, but readily admitted hiring the high-priced call girl for sex.

“I didn’t pay her $1,000 to come over and watch news,” he said during his testimony.

Yuen said he awoke to find he had badly beaten the woman, whose services he regularly paid for, and she ran naked from his 4 St. N.W. home.

If Yuen is able to attend court by May 13, Wilkins said he will hand down his verdict then providing the accused doesn’t wish Der. who will be out of town on another case, to be present.

If not, the ruling is tentatively set for June 20.

kevin.martin@sunmedia.ca
Title: Re: Beating of call girl happened while attacker slept, Gary Gordon Yuen 47 Calgary
Post by: Sap1 on August 11, 2016, 02:23:32 PM
He got away with it because he is a "professional engineer and no previous criminal records." (Press Reader)  ???


http://www.torontosun.com/2011/06/20/sleepwalker-not-responsible-for-brutal-attack


Calgarian Gary Yuen was in a state of automatism triggered by a sleep disorder when he brutally assaulted a $1,000-a-night hooker, a judge ruled Monday.

As a result, Justice David Wilkins said Yuen is not criminally responsible for his actions, which sent his bloodied victim running naked into the street.

Wilkins ruled Yuen was in a state of parasomnia, in which a person commits involuntary acts while sleeping.

“I find you not criminally responsible by reason of a mental disorder,” Wilkins told the professional engineer.

The Court of Queen’s Bench judge rejected prosecution arguments Yuen was lying when he testified he had no recollection of the Feb. 11, 2007 assault.

“I do not accept the Crown’s assertion that he was fabricating a story,” Wilkins said in a written ruling.

“Yuen testified that he had no knowledge of the time period during which the assaults on (the victim) took place,” Wilkins said.

He accepted evidence called by defence lawyer Balfour Der that Yuen was in a state of automatism caused by parasomnia and had no control over his actions.

But the judge said Der did not establish the parasomnia wasn’t a mental disorder, which could have resulted in an outright acquittal.

Instead, Wilkins said, Yuen will now have to undergo a psychiatric assessment before a provincial review board determines what actions need to be taken to prevent similar conduct.

Yuen, 48, faced five charges, including aggravated assault and unlawful confinement in connection with the incident in his 4 Ave. N.W. home.

His victim, who knew Yuen for 2 1/2 years, had flown to Calgary from Vancouver to provide sexual service over a four-day period for $4,000.

She awoke on the fourth day to find Yuen beating her with a baseball bat before he choked her unconscious.

When she came to he was having sex with her.

At one point she was able to flee the residence, naked, with Yuen on her heels, before a passing motorist picked her up.

Der said the ruling came as a relief to his client who felt everyone assumed he had meant to cause the victim her injuries.

“That’s why the not criminally responsible verdict was so important — it re-established, for him, he’s not someone who would willfully harm another person,” said Der.

kevin.martin@sunmedia.ca



Title: Re: Beating of call girl happened while attacker slept, Gary Gordon Yuen 47 Calgary
Post by: jellybean on August 11, 2016, 08:02:18 PM
I am not buying into it.  A good defense lawyer - white washed his clients terrible behaviour.
Totally disgusting!!
There is nothing more to add to that, other than the judge did not have any empathy for women in the sex trade imo

Did the judge not question why a baseball bat was so readily available?
And why did the perp have the where with all to chase after her, if he was not thinking about his actions and the repercussions he might face,  if she told the police?

Perhaps this guy may wish to Re-Engineer himself into being a decent human being.
He is a danger, period.

Hopefully, this woman may find some help to change her "profession", and ask herself this question, is the money worth it?
There is no such thing as a safe date.
She was lucky after that beating that she was able to escape.
Next time she may not be as lucky.
Scary lifestyle = scary stuff.


jb