Surrey six convict says cells covered in feces and blood
Vancouver: Two men convicted of first-degree murder in a mass execution that left six dead are suing the British Columbia government for alleged abuses they suffered while awaiting trial. Cody Haevischer and Matthew Johnston say they were held in solitary confinement without adequate cause for 14 months after their arrests in April 2009. The men claim they were kept in cells smeared with feces and blood, denied visits with family, exposed to light 24 hours a day and video recorded constantly even when using the toilet. “The plaintiff ’s emotions would fluctuate suddenly between anger, bitterness and fear. The plaintiff began to feel like he was no longer the same person,’’ Johnston’s statement of claim says. “He became despondent and was wholly powerless to change his circumstances.’’ Haevischer and Johnston were each convicted of conspiracy and six counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of six people in a highrise condo unit in Surrey in October 2007.