National Post (National Edition)



A former inmate of a Newfoundla­nd and Labrador jail says it's outrageous that 10 guards accused in the death of an Indigenous man got to spend Christmas with their families. Gordon Wheaton says he was in the special handling unit with Jonathan Henoche at Her Majesty's Penitentia­ry in St. John's for two days in 2018. Wheaton says he wasn't surprised to hear in 2019 that Henoche had died in an alleged altercatio­n with correction­al officers at the jail, nor was he surprised to learn 10 guards had been charged earlier this month in his death. The guards's names were not made public and the accused were released without a bail hearing, with a date set in February to appear before a judge for the first time. Wheaton says abuse is common at the 160-year-old jail.

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