Victim in Dunbar Village rape case testifies

By John Bachman - bio | email
Posted by Rachel Leigh - email

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Prosecutors have decided not to ask a 14-year-old boy to testify in the Dunbar Village rape case. He and his mother were raped and brutalized in the attacks.

Because of his mother's chilling testimony, prosecutors feel the case is solid and are choosing to spare the boy the pain of testifying.

"I couldn't breathe. I keep crying, 'Please, you are hurting me,'" described the 37-year-old victim.

Prosecution asked, "Do you have any idea why these guys would do this to you?"

She replied, "I don't know."

It was the first time the victim spoke publicly about the rape and attack that occurred in Dunbar Village. Dressed head to toe in white and speaking in a thick Haitian accent, the victim often wept as she told prosecutors how several men barged into her home and proceeded to brutally rape and torture her and force her son to have sex with her. She has permanent internal injuries, but, she says, the men meant to kill her by setting her on fire.

"Did there come a time where someone in the crowd talked about lighting you on fire?"

"Yes, they keep asking for a lighter." She says she kept the lighter from them, keeping her and her son alive.

Throughout her entire testimony Wednesday, both defendants, Nathan Walker, Jr. and Tommy Poindexter, rarely made eye contact, only looking down or at their attorneys.

"I was crying and praying at the same time," continued the victim.

Prosecution asked, "And why didn't you scream out for help? Did you believe they would kill you?"

Victim responded, "Yes."

The prosecution is expected to rest its case Thursday. Up to 10 men participated in the rape, but most wore masks. Only four were arrested. Two are on trial right now, a third at a later date, and one turned state's witness.