Doyle and his girlfriend had been in a relationship since April 2012, during which they both frequently used cocaine and were selling drugs. She testified that their relationship was marked with jealousy and violence, with altercations at least once a week in June.
In late June, she says Doyle hit her with his fists and the shotgun, leaving her with black and blue bruises, and eyes so swollen she could barely see. A few days later on June 30, she recalled that Doyle threatened to kill her after he blamed her for rolling a van they were driving in into a ditch, and again hit her in the face and stomach with the barrel of the shotgun.
He didn’t bring her to the Fort St. John Hospital until the next day, where she lied about the nature of her injuries, saying she had been in a quadding accident the night before. The nurse treating her argued that her injuries were not consistent with those from a typical ATV incident, as they were all over her body, and not just on one side as usual. However, she was discharged on July 2, and picked up by Doyle.
His girlfriend says the fighting continued from there, after some drugs went missing. Once home, she testified that Doyle pushed a dirt bike up against the door, blocking her in, and threatened to kill her again, holding the shotgun up to her chest. She then said that he should kill her, as she was tired of all of the fighting, and he then put the gun in his own mouth.
A physical fight ensued, during which the female tried to stab Doyle with a screwdriver and he tried to choke her. She got away and jumped over the balcony, as she believed he was going to kill her. She escaped to a nearby convenience store, where she called police and Doyle was later arrested.
In his defence, Doyle argued that someone else had assaulted the woman, and that she was lying about him threatening and forcibly confining her on the balcony of their third floor apartment. However, Justice Fitzpatrick found him to be an unreliable witness, arguing that he “carefully prepared” a timeline of events, which had a number of discrepancies.
“Although clearly not determinative in and of itself, his life of crime, even beyond these convictions, does suggest to some extent that Mr. Doyle is less likely to be truthful. His activities in Fort St. John… confirm that Mr. Doyle is not an honest person,” she writes in her decision. “Mr. Doyle has clearly crafted a very detailed description of events which attempts to, and in large part does, correspond to the physical evidence. However, as I have indicated, there are some major gaps in his evidence.”
His evidence was completely rejected, and Fitzpatrick convicted Doyle on all assaults, threats, unlawful confinement and related weapons charges.