A BC man who was forced to take a tour of the prison, when he was a teenager, as a punishment for a crime and rape of prisoners during the experiment will receive $ 175,000 as a result, after the decision of the Supreme Court of BC this week.
The decision comes as a result of the case, which was filed by the victims that have been identified in court papers as the B.E.S, who is now 54 years old.
According to court documents, B.E.S was sexually assaulted during a tour of Oakalla prison – a correction in Burnaby, which no longer exists – in the late 1970s as part of what was deemed «Scared Straight» tour.
This tour was the result of break-in and enter that B.E.S made in the house, after one of his school friends dared him and two others to break into a house and steal everything they could.
After the first unsuccessful attempt, break, B.E.S and his friends returned to the same house, the next day, when they "drank orange juice" and successfully stole a large TV.
The police were alerted to the burglary and detained B.E.S. and his friends almost immediately. The policeman took B.E.S. home, where his mother, upset by the news of her son's "banned" him from communicating with his friends.
«Straight Scared» program
B.E.S. I had to go to court as a result of his arrest, and it was here that the judge noted that there was a "scared straight" program for such crimes, and asked his parents if they would allow him to participate.
B.E.S. He said his parents gave their consent, but admitted that he had no idea what a "scared straight" program was.
A few months after it with the & # 39; court appearance, B.E.S. He was picked up from the house of female probation, who drove his Oakalla.
On arrival, they went through the main entrance and walked down the hall. He was told to sit in the room on the left, and the probation officer was talking to the guard. This guard then "grabbed" and went with him one or two flights of stairs, according to court documents.
At the top of the stairs, they turned to the right. The guard, who spent B.E.S. said the other guard, who sat at the table to leave.
B.E.S. He said at the time there were five prisoners who stand around guard continued to push B.E.S. in the cage with them and shut the door, saying B.E.S. they were going to show him what prison was like.
The prisoners then started to change raping him – causing B.E.S «a lot of pain."
In the end, the guard opened the door and pulled him out of the cage, and then took B.E.S. outside, through the parking lot and down several steps. He opened the door to the area where there were four or five cells.
The guard pushed B.E.S. in one of the cells and locked it for a certain time period. If the guard finally let him out, he was pinned to the wall and said that no one would believe his story. B.E.S and the guard then led him up the stairs, where he met his probation and was taken home.
The incident has been described in court documents made public after the decision.
The prison has held numerous tours
Located in Burnaby, Oakalla – renamed the Lower Mainland Regional Correctional Center in 1970 – closed on 30 June 1991 and became the seat of a new housing development.
Prior to its closure, however, numerous youth tours were held in prison between 1978 and 1981, according to court documents. These tours are regularly included teenagers left alone, covered in a dark cell, and suffer from various forms of abuse.
In making his decision, Judge Jennifer Duncan wrote that she found it B.E.S. imposing on sexual abuse by several prisoners in Oakalla prison because of the action of the correctional officer and the province with the & # 39 is a vicarious liability for the actions of an unknown officer.
B.E.S received $ 150,000 in non-pecuniary damage and 25 000 $ at the expense of future care.