TORONTO – A prison supervisor is testifying at an inquest today that senior managers ordered him on seven occasions to “counsel” front-line guards about their dealings with Ashley Smith.
Travis McDonald tells the inquest into the troubled Moncton teen’s death the reprimands were mostly about how guards at the prison had videotaped incidents.
That changed in late September 2007 _ during Smith’s second stay at the prison in Kitchener, Ont.
McDonald says senior management criticized front-line officers for going into Smith’s cell too quickly during an incident weeks earlier.
The incident, as had happened many times with the 19-year-old, involved her tying a ligature around her neck.
Smith choked to death in October 2007 as guards stood by and watched.