Monday, October 15, 2012

CANADA - Julie Surprenant probably killed by convicted sex offender: coroner’s report

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So tell me, how does a coroner tell if someone is or isn't a sex offender? They are only speculating! For all we know, it could've been a psycho midget clown.


By René Bruemmer

Father of teen slain in 1999 wants National Sex Offender Registry made public

MONTREAL - A coroner’s inquest into the death of 16-year-old Julie Surprenant has concluded she was probably abducted and murdered by convicted sex offender [name withheld] after getting off a city bus near her Terrebonne home on the night of Nov. 15, 1999.

But requests by Julie’s father, Michel Surprenant, that Canada’s national registry of sex offenders be made public to protect other potential victims — and that health workers be required to pass on confidential patient information that could help to solve crimes — are outside the purview of the coroner’s department and require a larger societal debate, Quebec coroner Catherine Rudel-Tessier wrote.
- A public registry would not have prevented this.  If a person is intent on committing a crime, they will.

Witness testimony detailing the deathbed confessions [name withheld] told four separate times in a Laval hospital to an auxiliary nurse and an orderly in 2006 — but which were only revealed in 2011 — lead to the conclusion [name withheld] was the murderer, Rudel-Tessier wrote in her report published Monday.

He took his last secrets with him, even if he seemed to have wanted to reveal all before dying,” Rudel-Tessier wrote.

The disappointment of the Surprenant family at not being able to know the truth is understandable.”

[name withheld], a convicted sex offender who lived in the apartment above Surprenant’s and was always the prime suspect in the case, died of cancer a few days after he confessed to hospital staff. He was never charged in Surprenant’s murder. But the investigation into her disappearance led to charges against him in two other sexual assaults, for which he was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2003.

[name withheld] told the auxiliary nurse in 2006 that aside from raping several boys and girls, he killed Surprenant, put her body in a sports bag and threw it into the Mille Îles River in Terrebonne. Her body has never been found.

The auxiliary nurse testified during the coroner’s inquest in March that she never told police about [name withheld]’s confession because she thought he was going to tell a journalist, and because she was certain prison guards assigned to [name withheld]’s hospital room heard the confessions and would pass them on. It was only in 2011, when she saw a television program about Surprenant’s disappearance, that she realized the information hadn’t been divulged, and she went public with it. After the confession came out, the Quebec order of nurses defended the woman’s silence by citing professional secrecy rules.

In fact, Rudel-Tessier noted in her report, the laws regarding “professional secrets” dictate that a person can divulge information if it can prevent harm happening to an individual, but not to shed light on a crime that has already occurred. Unless the individual recounting the secret seemed to want the person to tell it to others, which was clearly the case with [name withheld].

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