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Monday, May 7, 2012

Inquest begins into hanging death of child sex assaulter at Saskatchewan prison

5-7-2012 Canada:

SASKATOON - A makeshift noose and a suicide note were found in the Saskatoon cell of man who was awaiting sentencing for child sexual assault.

That's what Sgt. Rob Cleveland told an inquest Monday into the death of 27-year-old Travis Parenteau at the Saskatoon Provincial Correctional Centre in June 2010.

The inquiry's goal is to determine when, where and how Parenteau died and recommend how it could be prevented in the future.

Cleveland photographed the cell where Parenteau's body was found the day before Parenteau was to be sentenced for sexually assaulting a child.

The six jurors will be able to question the 10 witnesses, corrections workers, police officers and health professionals.

Also in court are Parenteau's mother and two sisters, who have been granted standing status at the inquiry, which means they are able to cross examine the witnesses. ..Source.. by The Canadian Press

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