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Ventura woman in alleged SLO torture case speaks out

A woman allegedly tortured and burned by a San Luis Obispo man spoke out in court on Thursday.

The victim, a 27-year-old woman whose identity is being protected, described the night of the torture in court at Timothy Hayes’ preliminary hearing.

The woman said what started as a day of celebration and relaxing changed in the snap of finger.

She struggled to hold back her tears as she spoke on the stand, sharing a memory she’d rather forget.

A memory of violence by a man who she said tortured her for more than two-and-a half hours inside his home earlier this month.

“We were falling asleep listened to music a song came on I don’t know what triggered him,” the 27-year old said.

The alleged torture started in the master bedroom inside 33-yeaar- old Hayes’ house.

The woman said he dragged her by her hair, past the middle bedroom into an office where she said 90 percent of the abuse took place. “It was like a male-on- male fight, she said. “I was thrown against the wall kicked as hard as a soccer ball.”

The victim said that night was terrifying.

She said Hayes accused her of lying about something, saying she was seeing other men, but she said that wasn’t the case.

According to the woman, the two had been together for about three months.

She described Hayes as being possessive.

She said he dragged her across the house, using knives, kitchen utensils, binding her hands and head with tape to harm her.

The victim says as he was doing that he was also using words of endearment saying he loved her.

“It was a lot incoherent rambling, but thejust of it was that I was a liar,” she said.

Somehow she escaped from her night of torture and drove to a nearby gas station, where police found her with bruises, cuts and burn marks.

San Luis Obispo police arrested Hayes on Sept.8, he remains in custody.

Hayes’ attorney says his client is innocent and will be vindicated.

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