Alfonso A. Castillo, Newsday, January 25, 2007
The 10 staples an Islip Terrace man received to the back of his head could not compare to the real hurt caused to him on the night of Dec. 3, 2005, he testified Thursday.
Newsday is not identifying the man and his girlfriend because they were the victims of a sex crime. As his family waited outside court, the volunteer firefighter, 22, testified Thursday in the trial of Terrance Terrell, 18, who is charged with first-degree rape for his alleged role in the Bay Shore attack.
Bay Shore high’s class of 2006 homecoming king Douglas Payton, 18, and Reginald Dugue, 19, have both pleaded guilty to charges and are awaiting sentencing. Terrell’s attorney has said his client had no hand in the crime.
The witness recalled Thursday meeting the woman at a Brightwaters bar, and later drinking coffee, talking and kissing while parked at the end of a waterfront Bay Shore cul de sac. They were interrupted by the headlights of a car, he said.
“About 10 minutes later, I heard a bang on my window,” he recalled. “Two masked males. They had a gun.”
The man cried as he recalled being pistol-whipped in the back of the head, stripped to his underwear, and forced to hand over his wallet, cell phone and fire department pager. One of the men tried pulling out the sub woofer speakers from the trunk of his car, he said.
As he carried the speakers to the trunk of his attackers’ car, “I saw my now girlfriend . . . performing oral with a gun to her head,” he said. A female juror cried into a tissue as she listened to the testimony.
Prosecutors say Dugue and Terrell both forced the woman, who was also ordered to strip to her underwear, to perform sex acts on them, and that Dugue raped her. Payton forced the witness to watch as his girlfriend was sexually assaulted, the witness testified.
“I picked my pants up, my jacket. I found [the female victim] and put my pants on her,” he said crying. “She couldn’t walk because her feet were cold and her legs were all messed up. So I carried her.”
The victims went house to house, “banging on doors,” and asking people to call the police, before collapsing on the ground, he said.