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No punishment for man charged in Edmonton jail cell stomping death

03/13/2013 09:40 EDT | Updated 05/13/2013 05:12 EDT
EDMONTON - A judge has found a schizophrenic man not criminally responsible for the stomping death of an inmate at an Edmonton jail.

The ruling came Tuesday in the case of Justin Somers, who had been charged with second-degree murder in the beating at the Edmonton Remand Centre.

Somers, who is 27, had been deemed in a psychiatric assessment as a possible risk to other people.

Court heard Somers was in a cell in May 2011 for breaching bail conditions when he attacked Barry Stewart.

The 60-year-old man had been arrested after failing to pay a fine for riding on public transit without paying the fare.

Somers' trial was told the accused stomped on Stewart's head 26 times before he was stopped by guards. (CHED)

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