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Accused due back before a judge on June 1 to answer to charges of assault against an inmate
Two corrections officers and a dentist who were reportedly involved in a criminal incident at a Gander dentist’s office are being represented by three well-known lawyers.
When the case of Roy Goodyear, Ron McDonald and Dr. Louis Bourget was called in provincial court in Gander Tuesday morning, they were represented by their counsel — Rosellen Sullivan of St. John’s (for Goodyear), Robby Ash of Corner Brook (for McDonald) and Jon Noonan, who was filling in for Randy Piercey, also of St. John’s (for Bourget).
All three lawyers, who appeared via conference call, along with Crown prosecutor Amanda Hiscock, agreed to set the case over until June 1 for election of plea.
Hiscock indicated the Crown will proceed by indictment, meaning if the three are convicted they will face a harsher sentence.
The Telegram first broke the story in November when sources reported inmate Bill Harris had been the victim of a crime after he was taken to the Gander Family Dental Clinic from the Bishop’s Falls Correctional Centre by McDonald and Goodyear on Oct. 16, 2020.
During dental surgery — reportedly performed by Bourget — one of the corrections staff was allegedly permitted to perform a dental procedure while the other corrections officer recorded it on his phone. The corrections officers reportedly later distributed the video.
The incident sparked outrage and resulted in the inmate’s lawyer, Bob Buckingham of St. John’s, filing a civil lawsuit in Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court in St. John’s.
The lawsuit names a number of individuals, as well as the government, claiming negligence against Harris.
It states Harris was “put into a deep sedation” via intravenous sedative medicine, administered by Bourget. The surgery was completed while Harris was unconscious, it said.
Harris’s first recollection after the surgery, it added, was when he felt a bump on his head and a bruise on his cheek while being transported back to the prison.
The document said Harris was informed about the video by the prison’s assistant superintendent and the superintendent of prisons, Daniel Chafe.
On Nov. 20, Harris was advised that McDonald and Goodyear had been fired.