Alleged SLO torturer heading to trial
November 3, 2014
A trial is set for a San Luis Obispo man accused of torturing his girlfriend and attempting to kill her. [KEYT]
In September, 33-year-old Timothy Hayes allegedly bound the woman, 27, with tape, and assaulted her with a knife, scissors, a pool cue and burned her with kitchen utensils. The case is set to begin trial on Dec. 22.
Hayes faces possible life in prison for torture, attempted murder and other charges. But, his attorney, Ilan Funke-Bilu, says Hayes and his former girlfriend enjoyed bondage and included it as a regular part of their relationship.
“At trial we plan to present what I think will be very persuasive evidence of his innocence,” Funke-Bilu said last week.
During a preliminary hearing in September, Funke-Bilu also suggested that the victim was under the influence of cocaine at the time of the incident. The victim testified during the hearing and said cocaine was a regular part of their relationship, when questioned by Funke-Bilu.
But, the victim also provided a detailed account of the alleged torture.
“It turned into a lot of punching and kicking with full force, as if like a male-on-male fight,” the woman said. “I was thrown against the wall and kicked as hard as a soccer ball.”
She also testified that Hayes tried to cut offer her breasts with a pair of 12-inch scissors, saying, “Babe, I need these for myself.”