By David F. Rooney
An Edmonton man accused of assaulting a young woman from Revelstoke and later attempting to kill a transgendered girl was arrested in Nanaimo on Tuesday after eluding police since July.
That young woman, who prefers to be identified only as Megan, was home watching TV and wanted to be alone. Holland snapped and physically attacked her.
“He choked me, them took out a knife and told me if I didn’t get in the car he’d slit my throat and let me watch myself bleed out and die,” she said in an interview.
The pretty young woman said that at one point when she tried to get out of the vehicle, Holland grabbed her by the hair and, with the vehicle still moving, dragged her more than two kilometers along a city road.
“I don’t remember a lot,” she said.
Fifteen people witnessed portions of the assault and called police who responded in time to save her life.
As it was she was left with a broken ankle, pelvis and collar bone and required more than 100 stitches, scores of staples in her face, head and legs. The road rash on portions of her body was appalling; whole swatches of her skin were rubbed off. Megan spent 40 days in hospital and required two operations to correct some of her injuries. And although she now appears, at first glance, to be completely healed, she still needs two more operations and now suffers from a lack of trust in people she doesn’t know.
Holland was charged with assault and released on bail. He later beat a transgendered girl over the head with the heavy ceramic lid of a toilet tank and left her for dead. He then set fire to her Edmonton apartment and fled the city. The girl suffered extensive burns to her body before she was rescued from the flaming apartment.
To say Megan is relieved at Holland’s arrest is probably an understatement. For the last number of months she has lived with the fear that Holland might decide to pay her visit.
Now she can breathe easy.