By KEVIN MARTIN
Staff at the Calgary Correctional Centre failed to adequately protect a convicted sex offender who was swarmed by fellow inmates, a $300,000 lawsuit claims.
_____ was serving a nine-month sentence at the Calgary jail in June, 2012 when he says he was attacked.
His claim alleges those in charge of the institution didn’t ensure his safety while he served his time.
“They failed to intervene and protect _____ when the assault took place,” his lawsuit, which lists the jail’s director among the defendants, says.
“They failed to sufficiently supervise the serving prisoners at the CCC, such that an assault against a fellow prisoner would not have taken place,” his statement of claim alleges.
“They knew, or ought to have known, that as a serving prisoner he would likely suffer an assault at the hands of fellow prisoners, yet took no pro-active steps to ensure _____’s safety, or to isolate them from him.”
_____ was jumped by a group of four other prisoners on June 23, 2012, his claim states.
Court records show he was handed a nine-month jail term plus 18 months probation 22 days earlier in Edmonton, on a charge of sexual touching.
His lawsuit says _____, 50, suffered multiple injuries in the attack, in which he was struck several times in the head, chest and back area.
At one point during the assault he was held down by some of his assailants while others punched him, it says.
Because of his wounds _____ has been unable to work and now lives on Canada Pension Plan disability benefits, the claim says.
Statements of defence disputing the unproven allegations haven’t been filed.