Fired police officers challenge Stonechild findings
Last Updated: Monday, September 24, 2007 | 5:01 PM CT
Two former Saskatoon police officers who were fired over the Neil Stonechild case are challenging the findings of the public inquiry by making their case before Saskatchewan's highest court.
Former constables Brad Senger and Larry Hartwig took their case to the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal in Regina on Monday.
Stonechild was the aboriginal teen whose frozen body was found on the outskirts of Saskatoon in November 1990.
Senger and Hartwig lost their jobs after the inquiry headed by Justice David Wright concluded they had the youth in their custody on the night he died.
The case received national attention and highlighted tensions between Saskatoon's police service and its aboriginal community.
Hartwig and Senger have argued there was no evidence to support some of Wright's findings.
Hartwig's lawyer Aaron Fox is seeking to quash three findings.
"Firstly, that the former officers Hartwig and Senger encountered Neil Stonechild at all on the night he was last seen alive, that they took Stonechild into their custody, and that the injuries Neil Stonechild had were consistent with handcuffs," Fox said.
Fox told the appeal court that the commission of inquiry had no jurisdiction to find any criminal or civil responsibility.
He said the inquiry ended up convicting his client, even though neither Hartwig nor Senger have ever been charged in connection with the case.
Lawyers representing the Stonechild inquiry are also at the appeal hearing.
The appeal court hearing is expected to take several days.