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Marlene Bird takes a very specific route to get to the place where she was attacked.
“I don’t like going around this way, I like going around that way. Because it brings back memories,” Bird told APTN.
Three years ago in Prince Alberta, Sask., Bird was brutally attacked, sexually assaulted and set on fire.
Doctors were forced to amputate her legs.
She nearly died.
“At least I didn’t lose my memory,” she said. “Lost my legs, but not my memory.
“I remember what he did to me.”
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Leslie Black plead guilty to the crime but was not declared a dangerous offender.
He does not have a criminal history and suffers from many mental health issues.
Black witnessed his mother’s murder at the age of nine.
Marlene Bird said she hoped that Black remained behind bars for decades.
She added that she will be at his sentencing hearing at the end of the month.
“I was mad at him,” Bird said. “I went and seen the prosecutor and his lawyer and asked him ‘how come you can’t apologize? why he did this to me?’ He had no comment. That’s what… no comment, he didn’t apologize.”
In the months following the attack, Bird found a home and moved to northern Saskatchewan.
She’s back in Prince Albert after more bad news.
“They broke in and they took my scooter,” she said.
Once that news broke, a stranger stepped in to offer help.
“My heart really went out to her,” said Tricia Mills who donated a scooter to Bird. “Nobody deserves that kind of treatment no matter what.”
“I was too happy I used it all day,” Bird says with a laugh.
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