A man who tortured and starved his roommate six years ago has had his appeal denied.
The Alberta Court of Appeal has upheld Dustin Paxton’s conviction for aggravated and sexual assault, four years after the original decision in the case was handed down.
The 36-year-old is currently serving an indeterminate sentence after being declared a dangerous offender.
Court heard the roommate was humiliated, beaten and sexually assaulted over the 18 months they lived together in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
The man- who cannot be identified – was dropped off at a Regina hospital in 2010. At trial in Calgary he testified he suffered traumatic brain injury and is no longer able to hold down a job.
Paxton’s lawyers argue that the trial judge was biased and that he was wrong to exclude a defence expert that found the victim’s testimony unreliable.