Woman pleaded for help during attack

An Edmonton school vice-principal begged for help in a frantic 9-1-1 call the night she was viciously attacked and slashed by her neighbour, court heard yesterday.

"Help me, help me, please help me!" screamed the emotional woman in one of four 9-1-1 audio recordings presented at a trial for the man accused of brutally raping her on a drunken $500 bet.


"Please come, hurry, hurry. ... My hand is all cut up and I am bleeding all over the floor," she said in a panic. "Please hurry, he’s coming back."

Ryan James Huppie, 23, is charged with attempted murder, unlawful confinement and sexual assault with a weapon in an incident that occurred in a downtown condo building Feb. 17, 2004.

In earlier testimony, a roommate told court yesterday that he received a phone call from Huppie while police interrogated him.

Jason Goveil, who revealed that he was once a drug dealer, said Huppie sounded hysterically upset.

"He sounded quite panicked, he didn’t know what to do," he testified. "He said he couldn’t have done this, that this wasn’t him. I told him the best thing to do is to turn yourself in."

Goveil said Huppie admitted to him that he didn’t remember what happened, but said the accused later asked him if the girl had died.

He also testified that he heard screaming and a roommate woke him up to tell him that a woman was found covered in blood in the hallway after a party in the apartment where he lived — the same party that Huppie allegedly attended.

"We didn’t believe anything he had to say. We think he’s the type that tends to tell a lot of lies," said Goveil.

On Monday, a Valentine’s Day note sent to the victim with a fingerprint matching the accused was exhibited.

"I’m 21 years old. I’m cute, loveable, and I’m good in bed (he he he). Just joking," read the note.

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  • The trial is expected to continue through Feb. 2.

  • The victim can’t be named because of a publication ban.

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