Advertisement

Ashley Smith: key dates in the inquest

Key dates in the Ashley Smith inquest
Ashley Smith is shown in an undated handout photo released in Toronto Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 at the inquest into her prison cell death. Handout / The Canadian Press

TORONTO – The inquest into the death of Ashley Smith, 19, in her cell at the Grand Valley Institution in Kitchener, Ont., in October 2007, has wrapped up.

Here are some key dates spanning from Ashley’s incarceration in Truro, N.S. to an inquest’s jury returning a homicide verdict:

Oct. 31, 2006: Smith, 18, moves from provincial youth custody in New Brunswick to the federal adult Nova Institution in Truro, N.S.

Dec. 20, 2006: Admitted to the Regional Psychiatric Centre, Saskatoon.

April 12, 2007: Transferred from RPC to Pinel Institute psychiatric hospital in Montreal.

May 10, 2007: Moved to Grand Valley Institution in Kitchener, Ont.

June 11, 2007: Sent to St. Thomas Psychiatric Hospital in St. Thomas, Ont.

June 19, 2007: Sent back to Grand Valley Institution.

June 27, 2007: Transferred to Joliette Institution for Women in Joliette, Que.

July 26, 2007: Transferred again to Nova.

Aug. 24, 2007: Sent to Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Dartmouth, N.S.

Aug. 27, 2007: Sent back to Nova.

Aug. 31, 2007: Transferred again to Grand Valley Institution.

Oct. 19, 2007: Smith, 19, chokes to death in her segregation cell at Grand Valley.

May 16, 2011: First inquest under Dr. Bonita Porter starts but collapses after six hearing days.

Nov. 1, 2012: After Smith prison surveillance video screened, Prime Minister Stephen Harper calls conduct of prison authorities “completely unacceptable.”

READ MORE: Ashley Smith ‘tortured’ in prison, mom says

Jan. 14, 2013: Second inquest under Dr. John Carlisle begins hearing evidence.

Dec. 2, 2013: Dr. Carlisle charges jury. Jurors begin deliberations.

Dec. 19, 2013: Jury returns homicide verdict. Makes 104 recommendations.

Advertisement