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Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Bulletin: Ivan Henry: British Columbia; Continuing compensation trial: "Ivan Henry's wrongful conviction prompted paranoid delusion disorder, psychiatrist testifies," the Province reports. " Ivan Henry’s incarceration resulted in him suffering from a paranoid delusion disorder and, since his release from prison, Henry has had symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and high levels of anxiety, a judge was told Tuesday." ..."Court told Ivan Henry still battles PTSD, high levels of anxiety."
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"Ivan Henry’s incarceration resulted in him suffering from a paranoid delusion disorder and, since his release from prison, Henry has had symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and high levels of anxiety, a judge was told Tuesday. Henry, who spent 27 years behind bars after being wrongfully convicted of a series of sex offences against Vancouver women, first started manifesting a psychotic illness when he was arrested for the sex crimes in 1982, said Dr. Adrian Grounds, a forensic psychiatrist. Grounds, who was described by Henry’s lawyer as a leading expert on wrongful convictions, said that from his arrest until his conviction in 1983, Henry was overwhelmed by the charges against him and developed “complex paranoid ideas” while he was in Oakalla prison. “He thought the floor (of his cell) was vibrating and some machinery under the cell was causing this. He described thinking the cell was moving as if on rails. He said this happened throughout his time in Oakalla.” Grounds said it was the beginning of a psychotic illness and told B.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson that the psychosis continued after he’d been convicted and sentenced.........In 1983 Henry was convicted of 10 sex offences against eight women. He was designated a dangerous offender and jailed indefinitely. He maintained his innocence but his attempts to get an appeal went nowhere until 2006, when the criminal justice branch appointed a special prosecutor to look at whether a miscarriage of justice had occurred. The B.C. Court of Appeal released him on bail and in 2010 found that he’d been wrongfully convicted. He is in court now seeking compensation from the provincial, federal and Vancouver municipal governments, alleging police were negligent and the prosecutors failed to disclose material to him at trial.