June 23rd, 2024

Serial killer Robert Pickton hospitalized after Quebec prison assault

By The Canadian Press on May 21, 2024.

An artist's sketch Robert Pickton taking notes during the second day of his trial in B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster, B.C., Tuesday January 31, 2006. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jane Wolsack

MONTREAL – Correctional Service Canada is confirming that B.C. serial killer Robert Pickton was the inmate injured in a major assault Sunday at a Quebec prison.

Quebec provincial police say the 74-year-old Pickton was taken to hospital with injuries that are considered life-threatening.

Police spokesman Hugues Beaulieu adds that a 51-year-old suspect is in custody.

Pickton was convicted of six counts of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison in 2007 after being charged with the murders of 26 women.

The correctional service first announced on Monday that an inmate had been sent to hospital after a serious assault at the maximum security Port-Cartier Institution, about 480 kilometres northeast of Quebec City.

It said today the assault did not involve any of its staff.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 21, 2024.

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