Inmate Sues Over His Jail Assault

December 29, 2009

CBCNews : Inmate sues over disabling jail assault.

An accused (not convicted) sex offender who was severely mentally and physically disabled in an assault at a Manitoba jail is suing the province, his alleged attacker and correctional staff. N.T. suffered a brutal physical assault at the Headingley Correctional Centre in early April. He was being held on allegations he had sexually assaulted a person at a First Nations community in August 2008.

N.T. was attacked while being held in a part of the jail used by the general inmate population, civil lawsuit documents obtained by CBC News say. The documents allege jail staff members violated a provincial corrections policy of keeping prisoners charged with sexual offences segregated from the general inmate population for their safety. Guards should have known of the danger Tanner was in and kept him away from other inmates, and they failed in their duty to “control and maintain order among the inmates in each of the cell blocks,” the documents say.

N.T. suffered massive head trauma and other wounds that left him unable “to speak, comprehend or navigate,” and he will need constant medical care for the rest of his life, Tanner’s lawyers said. The lawsuit seeks financial damages, court costs and payment for future medical expenses. One day after RCMP were called to the jail to investigate the incident, they said Tanner suffered life-threatening injuries and was being watched closely in hospital because it was suspected he might die.

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