Just read this article today. I wonder if this means triple credit for pre-trial custody will become the new norm…
August 24, 2005
Calgary (CP) - An Alberta judge has given a convicted heroin trafficker a break because he says the time he spent in jail was too harsh.
Court of Queen’s bench Justice Peter McIntire says 27-year-old Nicholas Cypui Chan was repeatedly denied a vegetarian meal.
He also says guards applied force to Chan during strip-searches, and forced him to wear paper clothing known as a “baby doll.” Chan had also complained he only had access to three board games in jail, and that he was denied requests for other amusements.
The convict also said his hardship included being deprived of physical contact with his family, who can only speak to him through a glass partition.
McIntire gave Chan triple credit for time spent in remand as opposed to the usual double time he’s spent in jail since his arrest in June 2003. It means Chan has less than a year left to serve on a 7 1/2 year prison sentence.
Chan was convicted in July 2004 of selling 56 grams of heroin to an under-cover police officer, as well as possessing the cash from the sale.
“The reason for giving enhanced credit is the exceptionally hard time that Chan experienced,” McIntyre said in his recent ruling. McIntyre said remand officials also sent Chan on what they knew would be a long and difficult trip to Peace River after he had requested a second medical opinion.