Quebec City cops incited inmates to beat accused pedophile: witness
QUEBEC CITY - The trial of two Quebec City policemen charged with inciting inmates to assault a pedophile took a dramatic turn Thursday when one officer testified against two colleagues.
The courthouse heard witness Martin Ratte testify that Frank Berton and told inmates, "Hey guys there's a pedophile with you," in an incident inside a prison van in August 2009.
The man in question was severely beaten soon after.
One prisoner reportedly told the man, "You will never touch another child."
Another said, "You're lucky there's a camera, I would have elbowed you in the face."
The 61-year-old man was being driven from the courthouse at the time.
Also charged in the incident is officer Geoffre Maher. Both officers are accused of criminal negligence and assault causing bodily injury by complicity, since they themselves did not commit the acts in question.