Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION

Landmark case gets underway in overdose death of woman

  • Print

A landmark criminal case is underway in a Winnipeg courtroom.

Curtis James Haas, 52, is charged with manslaughter after allegedly giving a fatal dose of morphine to a young woman following a rock concert. His much-delayed Queen's Bench trial began this morning.

Haas was originally set for trial last summer, but it was adjourned because of medical issues he was suffering at the time.

Wendy Henry, 20, collapsed and stopped breathing in October 2007 after taking a number of morphine tablets inside a Dufferin Avenue rooming-house suite that Haas owned. She was rushed to hospital but died the following morning.

Henry lived with her father and two younger siblings, filling her days by caring for her two-year-old daughter, working with disabled children with the Winnipeg School Division and taking sign-language classes.

On the night of her fatal overdose, Henry and some friends attended an Ozzy Osbourne concert. She then stayed the night with her mother -- who lived in the same Manitoba Housing apartment complex as Haas. Somehow, she ended up inside his suite. Neighbours told the Free Press at the time Haas was outgoing, often sitting in his sixth-floor suite with the door open and traffic coming in and out day and night.

The case is believed to be the first of its kind in Manitoba. Winnipeg police have said similar arrests and prosecutions could follow if it can be proven a drug dealer's customer died from an illegal product.

 

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

Comments are not accepted on this story because they might prejudice a case before the courts.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Winnipeg Cheapskate: Cheap summer weekends

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • Marc Gallant / Winnipeg Free Press.  Local/Weather Standup- Catching rays. Prairie Dog stretches out at Fort Whyte Centre. Fort Whyte has a Prairie Dog enclosure with aprox. 20 dogs young and old. 060607.
  • A mother goose has chosen a rather busy spot to nest her eggs- in the parking lot of St Vital Centre on a boulevard. Countless cars buzz by and people have begun to bring it food.-Goose Challenge Day 06 - May 08, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Will higher pork prices change your grocery-shopping habits?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google