POLITICS

Some quotes from the Ashley Smith inquest

07/01/2013 01:00 EDT | Updated 08/31/2013 05:12 EDT
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 broken for the summer. Some quotes.

"You are not a psychologist, you are not a warden. This is my institution, I will run it as I see fit." — Grand Valley guard Blaine Phibbs on what he was told.

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"As long as inmate Smith was breathing, talking or moving, staff were not to enter her cell" — Grand Valley guard Kerry Kotsos on instructions to frontline staff.

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"I don't know who married all these words up together." — Eric Broadbent, in charge of the maximum security unit at Grand Valley, on staff interpretation of cell-entry rules.

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"Oh, mom, my skin is all loose." — Ashley Smith to her mother in the summer of 2007.

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"I wasn't there to tell them what to do with Ashley Smith" — regional manager Ken Allan sent to Grand Valley to offer staff training in October 2007.

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"I would do exactly the same thing today under the same circumstances" — RCMP Cpl. Stephane Pilon, the pilot who duct-taped Smith to her airplane seat.

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"They trussed her up like an animal.'' — Smith family lawyer, Julian Falconer.

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"The only explanation I have is they were not used to dealing with this kind of patient." — Psychiatrist Dr. Michelle Roy on Joliette prison staff injecting Smith with medication against her will.