February 22nd, 2020

Man guilty of killing son makes charter challenge, cites assaults in jail


By The Canadian Press on February 14, 2020.

Joey Crier is seen in this police handout photo provided as evidence by the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta. A man convicted of manslaughter in the death of his son wants his charges to be stayed or his sentence reduced over claims he was abused in jail. Joey Crier alleges he was assaulted by guards and fellow inmates at the Edmonton Remand Centre. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta *MANDATORY CREDIT*

EDMONTON – A man found responsible in his son’s death says he’s been assaulted in jail and spends much of his time segregated in protective custody, so he wants his sentence reduced.

Joey Crier was convicted of manslaughter last month in the death of 19-month old Anthony Joseph Raine, whose lifeless body was found outside an Edmonton church in 2017.

A judge is hearing a joint submission by defence lawyers and Crown prosecutors related to Crier’s charter challenge.

Crier says he was assaulted three times when he was at the Edmonton Remand Centre, which he argues violated his charter rights related to due process and unusual punishment.

Crier’s former girlfriend, Tasha-Lee Doreen Mack, has also been convicted of manslaughter in the child’s death.

Neither Crier nor Mack have been sentenced.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 14, 2020

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