February 5, 2015 3:09 pm
Updated: February 5, 2015 6:04 pm

Man who owned python in Campbellton, N.B. attack arrested: lawyer


CAMPBELLTON, N.B. – The owner of a Campbellton, N.B. exotic pet store has been arrested in connection with the deaths of two young boys who were asphyxiated by a python in August 2013.

The lawyer for Jean-Claude Savoie confirmed his arrest on Thursday.

“I know that Jean-Claude Savoie has been arrested today. That’s all I know,” said Leslie Matchim. “I don’t know if or what charges have been laid. I don’t know if a court date has been set.”

RCMP said earlier that a person was arrested Thursday and is in custody in Quebec. Cpl. Chantal Farrah said no charges have been laid but the investigation is ongoing.

Matchim said after being told by RCMP no charges would be laid, followed by an announcement that charges could be coming, “nothing comes as surprise now.”

Four-year-old Noah Barthe and his six-year-old brother Connor were killed in Campbellton after a 45-kilogram African rock python escaped its enclosure inside an apartment where they were staying for a sleepover.

The apartment was above the Reptile Ocean exotic pet store, which was owned by Savoie.

With files from Laura Brown, Global News

© 2015 The Canadian Press

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