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Mother of missing boy beaten at party

A black-and-blue Elizabeth Louie moans in pain as she’s helped from her pull-out couch by her mom.

“I hurt all over,” Louie said Thursday, still dazed by the vicious beating she received early that morning at a Statlou Road house party on Cowichan Tribes’ reserve.

Louie and her family want witnesses to come forward and speak to  police to speak about a crime that left her with one eye swollen shut and bloody scrapes and cuts on her face.

That 2 a.m. pummeling added injury to ongoing pain from the still-unsolved disappearance of her then-14-year-old son, Desmond Peter, some seven years ago.

Louie said she didn’t really know how the beating started.

“I went there to have a few drinks; everyone was partying and everything seemed to be fine,” she told the Leader, lifting her left hand where the nail was yanked from her puffed ring finger. “The living room was full of people standing around; I knew some of them.”

Louie explained her pulverizing and choking seemed to last “forever” during two bouts — without any apparent weapons — after she was pulled into a bedroom where rock music was cranked to smother her screams.

“I thought I was fine there,” Louie said of her neighbour’s place on the street where she’s lived for 25-odd years. “I just remember drinking a beer, and that’s the last thing I remember — except flashes of light, like a fight going on. They were hitting me, and kicking me.

“I don’t know how I got out of there; I just remember screaming.”

Across the road at Louie’s house, her boyfriend was woken by the music before Louie ran across Statlou covered in blood. Her mom called the police who, in turn, called an ambulance to Louie’s place. She was whisked to Cowichan District Hospital for X-rays and other medical help.

She believed the beating may have been sparked by some partiers trying to steal her ring. They almost pulled her finger off, eventually plunking the diamond from its setting — handicapping the Cowichan sweater knitter for now.

“Maybe they were jealous of me I guess, I don’t know.”

Her family described how people left the party house on foot, and by cab and private car, as the RCMP arrived. Those are the folks Louie hopes will speak to police to prevent this happening to someone else.

“I hope they put a stop to that house. So many young kids go there, and God knows what goes on in there,” she said. “I don’t want retaliation, but justice.”

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP had not returned News Leader Pictorial calls by press time Tuesday.

Tips to police can be given by calling 250-748-5522.

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