Loretta Saunders' parents barred from courtroom

Mariam and Clayton Saunders. (Kris Sims/QMI Agency)

Mariam and Clayton Saunders. (Kris Sims/QMI Agency)

Kris Sims, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:14 PM ET

The parents of slain Loretta Saunders say they are being barred from the courtroom and kept from facing the couple accused of killing her.

Mariam and Clayton Saunders travelled from Labrador to Halifax for the preliminary hearing weighing the evidence of their daughter's death.

They say they were told at the beginning of the week they might be called as witnesses so they would not be allowed to sit in court and listen to the evidence presented against accused couple Blake Leggete, 26, and Victoria Henneberry, 28.

"A s a mother, I really wanted to know (what happened) but we were kept out of there ... and again, it's the victims that are having the hard end of the stick," Mariam told reporters.

"I'm not allowed to find out what happened to my daughter? The pain we were going through, I couldn't even communicate with my own family."

Security was doubled at the old downtown courthouse after Loretta's uncle lunged towards the accused in the courtroom Wednesday after some disturbing evidence was read aloud.

Saunders, an Innu woman from Labrador, was studying the issue of murdered and missing aboriginal women at Saint Mary's university in Halifax when she disappeared this past February.

Her body was found in a hockey bag near Moncton, N.B., days later. She was three months pregnant when she died.

The hearing continues Friday.

 


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