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Bail denied for man accused of holding girlfriend captive for two months

Sir Wilfred Camaligan

Sir Wilfred Camaligan

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Updated: December 1, 2011 5:27AM



A megafan of Japanese cartoon culture who allegedly held his girlfriend captive for two months and forced her to kneel on rice and carve an “X” into her breast with a knife was denied bail Sunday.

Sir Wilfred Camaligan, 22, met his 20-year-old victim at an anime convention in June and communicated with her via Facebook before they began dating, prosecutors allege.

After she moved into his Northwest Side apartment in July, he soon became possessive, forbade her from leaving, beat her with a wooden stick and crowbar, forced her to cut herself and strangled her until she was unconscious, assistant Cook County State’s Attorney William Hall said.

Her long ordeal finally ended when she escaped Friday and managed to call her mother on a borrowed cell phone, Hall said. Police found Camaligan hiding in his apartment in the 5300 block of West Lawrence and arrested him Friday night.

Covered in bruises, she was treated at Resurrection Hospital.

In court Sunday, Camaligan wore a green polo neck shirt and hid his face behind his long bleached blonde bangs as Judge Adam Bourgeois dressed him down.

The visibly angry judge told him that he usually denied bail only to alleged murderers, but added, “this is beyond the pale.”

“I don’t think there’s any condition or set of conditions I could set that would protect the community from you,” he told Camaligan, who’s charged with attempted murder, aggravated domestic battery and kidnapping.

A photograph the victim posted on her Facebook shows Camaligan wrapping his arms around her from behind, with a bandage covering his nose and part of his face.

Another picture she posted in June shows her posing in a video game character’s costume at the Anime Central convention for so-called “Otaku” or anime megafans in Chicago.

One of the discussion panels at the convention addressed “the dysfunctional elements of the Otaku Subculture,” including male megafans who had trouble relating to women and acted out violently against them, according to the convention’s website.



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