July 1, 2014 12:49 pm

Accused in Prince Albert burning, beating knew victim: police

Prince Albert police say a man accused of burning and beating a woman in the northern Saskatchewan city knew his victim.

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PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. – Police say the man accused of beating and burning a woman in northern Saskatchewan knew his victim.

The 47-year-old homeless woman was found unconscious outside a community centre in downtown Prince Albert on June 1.

She was burned so badly she had to have both legs amputated and also had to have reconstructive surgery on her face from the beating she suffered.

Prince Albert resident Leslie Ivan Roderick Black, 29, was arrested on the weekend and charged with attempted murder and aggravated sexual assault.

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Sgt. Brandon Mudry says the victim was known to the accused and “would be considered a casual acquaintance.”

Mudry says police aren’t looking for any other suspects in the case.

Black is to make his first court appearance on July 2 in Prince Albert provincial court.

“Although an arrest has been made, the investigation is ongoing and considered active as we are still awaiting evidence which will further support the charges,” Mudry said in a news release.

“We are still asking for any information the public may have that would add to our investigation.”

The woman’s aunt says the family’s is relieved an arrest has been made.

But the aunt says she doesn’t share that relief because she feels Prince Albert is not safe.

“My niece was leaving bible study. She was leaving the Full Gospel Outreach Centre when she was walking to her aunt’s and that happened,” the aunt said.

“Nobody gave her a ride, nobody bothered to do anything to help her out. She walked that route many times to walk home to her aunt’s place.”

© 2014 The Canadian Press

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