Leaving prisoner topless not policy, trial hears

Ottawa Police Sgt. Steven Desjourdy leaves the Ottawa court house in Ottawa Monday Sept 24, 2012....

Ottawa Police Sgt. Steven Desjourdy leaves the Ottawa court house in Ottawa Monday Sept 24, 2012. Desjourdy is charged in the cellblock sex assault case of an Ottawa woman. (Tony Caldwell/QMI Agency)

Megan Gillis, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:17 PM ET

OTTAWA - The cellblock sex assault trial of Ottawa Police Sgt. Steven Desjourdy resumed Wednesday with another sergeant testifying he has no memory of being told the woman - whose shirt and bra were cut off - was suicidal.

Sgt. David Christie was the supervisor on duty in the Elgin St. station cell block when the woman, who’d been arrested for public intoxication, was brought in on Sept. 6, 2008.

He was relieved by Desjourdy, who was later captured on video cutting off the woman’s clothing with scissors as she’s held down by other officers.

Christie said the policy is for the arresting officer to tell the cell block sergeant anything relevant - such as whether a prisoner is violent, suicidal or an escape risk - when he or she is “paraded” by the sergeant.

“I don’t have any recollection of being provided any information,” Christie said. “I didn’t make any notes with regard to (the woman).”

 


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