Ashley Smith guard who videotaped death was following orders, inquest hears

Ashley Smith

Ashley Smith

Kevin Connor, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:46 PM ET

TORONTO - A prison guard who videotaped Ashley Smith while she strangled herself to death with a cloth told a coroner’s inquest he was following orders.

Smith, 19, killed herself on Oct. 19, 2007, at the Grand Valley prison in Kitchener as guards watched.

The guards, like Ruby Burnett, were allegedly told not to intervene.

“There are a lot of directives I am bound to follow. There are consequences to disobey an order. I just remember being asked to use the video camera,” Burnett said.

“We were not supposed to enter the cell while we could hear her breathing.”


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