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The inmates truly are running the asylum

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852998.jpg He may have injured his thumb - but a convicted killer has also given the finger to Canada's justice system.Muri Peace Chilton, who is serving a life sentence for raping, killing and burning a 15-year-old Ontario girl while he was on parole for a horrific sex attack in Manitoba, has somehow won a mind-boggling lawsuit against the federal government.Chilton was awarded $2,500 in damages because a prison official laughed at him after he cut his thumb.The heartless murderer described the injury as “the most painful experience of his life,” and called the laughter that followed “beyond callousness” and damaging because he “felt utterly humiliated.”Chilton was injured in February 2000 while in the woodworking shop at Warkworth Institution, an Ontario prison. His left thumb became caught between two pieces of metal while using a router. Chilton said he heard “sadistic laughter” from the jail employee, who then joked about his injury for months.For those of you keeping score at home, Federal Court Justice Leonard S. Mandamin is the person who ruled in Chilton's favour.Does this make any sense to anyone? I thought these kind of ridiculous judgments only happened south of the border. At least we can take some solace in the fact Chilton actually won't pocket a penny. He just so happens to owe the government exactly $2,500 in legal fees spent on other motions he'd filed with the court but which were dismissed. (He was initially seeking $100,000 in damages)The mother of his murder victim, Heather Corey, called the lawsuit absurd.“He’s ridiculous. We never got any money from the government at all,” Mary O’Reilly told the National Post this week. “That would be a better use of money.”And to think Chilton has the gall to call this the most painful experience of his life.How about the pain he caused to his victims, beginning with the young Winnipeg woman he picked up hitchiking in January 1977, then held captive in his car, tried to run over, forced to the ground, raped, strippedand choked into unconsciousness before leaving in an isolated, icy field?Chilton was sentenced to 14 years in prison, but was released after serving just nine.While still serving the rest of his sentence in the community, Chilton befriended O’Reilly and raped her 15-year-old daughter in the basement of their townhouse before smothering her to death, pouring gas on the body and setting it ablaze.Funny, none of this was mentioned in Chilton's lawsuit, in which he went into great detail about his "suffering" as a result of losing almost 80 per cent of his nail.“The self-respect of [Chilton] and inherent dignity of [Chilton] as a person suffered greatly due to the laughter,” he wrote in his claim, according to the National Post report.“[I] went to the filthy utility sink and ran cold water over it in an effort to stop the pain and bleeding,” he said.Aww. Poor guy.Chilton said he had to walk to the infirmary “without gauze on it as the first aid kit for the shop was in the office, an area which is unauthorized to inmates and is up a long flight of stairs.” His fingernail took months to grow back and it continued to hurt, particularly if he put pressure on it.He claims the incident robbed him of the “pleasant and useful feature of not only his left thumb but his left hand, as the thumb is an integral member of the hand and without it the hand is severely handicapped.”Has the world gone mad? Or is this just more proof the inmates are truly running the asylum?

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About Mike McIntyre

Journalist, national radio show host, author, pundit and cruise director ... Mike McIntyre loves to keep busy.

Mike is the justice reporter for the Winnipeg Free Press, where he has worked since 1997. He produces and hosts the weekly talk radio show Crime and Punishment, which runs on the Corus Radio Network in several Canadian cities.

Born and bred in Winnipeg, Mike graduated from River East Collegiate and completed his journalism studies in the Creative Communications program at Red River College.

He and his wife, Chassity, have two children.


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