New Evidence To Be Heard In Stonechild Case

Friday, August 10, 2007 at 15:27



Two former police officers implicated in the freezing death of 17-year-old Neil Stonechild may have been thrown a life line by the Saskatchewan Police Commission.


Stonechild’s frozen body was found on the outskirts of Saskatoon in 1990.


An inquiry into the death of the Aboriginal teenager found that Larry Hartwig and Brad Senger had Stonechild in their custody the last night he was seen alive.


Hartwig and Senger both lost their jobs over the affair.


However, the commission has ruled this week it will hear new evidence in the case.


According to an application filed by Hartwig, a witness interviewed by the RCMP this past January told interrogators that a friend and former cellmate admitted being responsible for Stonechild’s death.


The witness says his friend told him that Stonechild had “ratted” him out, and in retribution, he “took care of this by dragging Stonechild out, driving him to an area of Saskatoon and leaving him to freeze to death”.


The new evidence is scheduled to be heard at a hearing from September 12th to 14th at a still-to-be-determined location.