A Cranbrook woman broke into tears recalling her alleged rape in Cranbrook Supreme Court Wednesday.
The woman, who cannot be named due to a publication ban, took to the stand in the trial of Matthew Allen Buxton.
Buxton faces three charges stemming from the October 2016 incident, including sexual assault, assault and uttering death threats.
A previous charge of choking to overcome resistance was dropped and the new charge of assault was added.
The woman alleges she was out celebrating at a birthday party after a day of work when she blacked out at a local bar.
She says her last memory was going outside a local bar for a cigarette, then her next was of the suspect raping her.
The woman alleges Buxton attempted to smother her with a pillow when she tried to leave, before police came into the room and arrested the suspect.
Defence counsel is questioning the reliability of the woman’s testimony, given the number of drinks she had consumed over the course of the night.
The trial began Tuesday with jury selection and a voir dire over certain evidence.
Cranbrook RCMP officers were called to the stand Wednesday as the first witnesses, followed by bartenders who were working at the establishment hours before the incident supposedly took place.
The jury trial is expected to last six days.