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SASKATOON – After being transferred to Saskatchewan Hospital in North Battleford mere months ago, child-killer Sandy Charles has been sent back to the Regional Psychiatric Centre (RPC) in Saskatoon.
At the age of 14, Charles and an eight-year-old accomplice murdered a seven-year-old boy in the northern Saskatchewan community of La Ronge.
The crime took place in 1995 after the teen had become fascinated by the movie ‘Warlock.’ It included the insinuation that drinking the boiled fat of a virgin would allow a person to fly.
The young boy killed by Charles and his accomplice was beaten, stabbed and strips of his flesh were cut off and cooked.
Charles was found not criminally responsible for his actions and has remained in psychiatric facilities since then.
The RPC in Saskatoon is considered a penitentiary and hospital with security protocols that fit the maximum security designation.
Charles made a transfer request to the Saskatchewan review board in May. Several medical professionals involved in his treatment believed his long-term progress and current stability warranted the move.
On Sept. 17, Charles was transferred back to RPC.
In documents exclusively obtained by Global News, the director of forensic services at Saskatchewan Hospital was given authority to decrease or increase restrictions on Sandy Charles if it was believed necessary to protect the public.
The mentally-ill offender has spent 13 years of his life at the Regional Psychiatric Centre.