Thursday, October 8, 2015

Bulletin: Ivan Henry: British Columbia; (Law suit he has brought in light of the shameful refusal of the B.C. government to provide compensation); Ian Mulgrew: Vancouver Sun: "Ivan Henry was wrongfully convicted of sexual assault and spent 27 years in jail. 69-year-old tells the court about his violent upbringing and soured memories."

"Grey-haired, shoulders stooped, his slumped posture bespeaking resignation, Ivan Henry recalled the life that was taken from him in a barely audible rasp. In a hushed downtown courtroom Wednesday, Henry described an abusive, joyless childhood that continued to sour until he was wrongfully convicted in 1982. At the age of 35, Henry was declared a dangerous offender and sent to prison indefinitely for a series of Vancouver sexual assaults. In a witness box for the first time since those impugned proceedings, Henry spoke without rancour or animosity even though he was not released until 2010 when the B.C. Court of Appeal declared his trial a veritable fraud. For the last five years, he has been fighting for compensation from the city, the province and the federal government for their roles in his 27 years of imprisonment."