Surveillance video shows B.C. prison guard helping inmate escape

VANCOUVER (CBC) – A sentencing hearing for a former B.C. prison guard who helped an inmate escape has been held over until August.

A sentencing hearing for a former B.C. prison guard who helped an inmate escape has been held over until August.

Edwin Ticne, 35, pleaded guilty in April to charges of obstruction of justice and accepting a bride. He helped Omid Tahvili walk out of the maximum-security North Fraser Pretrial Centre in Port Coquitlam on Nov. 15, 2007.

 On Wednesday, the Crown asked for a prison term of up to 10 years for Ticne, who was a corrections officer for more than a decade.

 A surveillance video released by B.C. Corrections showed Tahvili, who was wearing a janitor’s uniform, following Ticne as they pass through four security-controlled doors.

 At the time of his escape, Tahvili was awaiting a sentencing hearing after being convicted of kidnapping, sexual assault, unlawful confinement, uttering threats and causing bodily harm for which he was eventually sentenced to 11 years in prison.

 Police allege that Tahvili has gang ties in the Lower Mainland.

 source: http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/cbc/080604/canada/vancouver_bc_prison_guard_sentencing

update

A B.C. prison guard who helped a high-profile convict escape was sentenced to three years and three months in jail Friday afternoon.

Edwin Ticne, 35, pleaded guilty in April to obstruction of justice and accepting a bribe in connection with Omid Tahvilli’s escape from the North Fraser Pretrial Centre in Port Coquitlam last November.

Before he was sentenced on Friday, Ticne apologized for helping Tahvilli dress up as a janitor and walk out the front door of the high-security prison.

Surveillance video from the night of the escape showed Ticne leading Tahvilli, an alleged Iranian-Canadian gang leader, through four security gates to freedom.

At the sentencing hearing Friday, Ticne, dressed in a black suit, looked solemn as he waved goodbye to a small group of family and friends in the New Westminster courtroom.

After Judge Peter Leask sentenced Ticne, he acknowledged the time in prison will be hard for the former B.C. corrections officer, and wished him good luck.

The judge said he took into account a psychiatrist’s report that Ticne was in the midst of a major depressive episode at the time of the escape.

The psychiatrist said Ticne was a pathological gambler who had problems with alcohol and suffered stress from work and his family.

The judge also said he believed Ticne did not receive the money Tahvilli had promised.

Crown asked for 5 to 10 years

But Leask also read from a victim impact statement that stated many guards at the North Fraser Pretrial Centre felt angry and betrayed by the escape.

Reg Harris, Ticne’s lawyer, had asked for a sentence of two to three years, arguing Tahvilli was a sophisticated manipulator who exploited a weakness in his client.

Crown council had asked for a sentence of five to 10 years.

Before the sentencing hearing began, the judge was told that Tahvilli had contacted police this week, saying he is in Toronto and would like to negotiate a return to B.C.

At the time of his escape, Tahvilli was awaiting sentencing after being convicted of kidnapping, sexual assault, unlawful confinement, uttering threats and causing bodily harm. He was eventually sentenced to 11 years in prison.

The escape was the first in the history of the prison, which first opened in 2001. Earlier this week, a second prisoner escaped from the high-security prison by posing as another prisoner, who was due to be released.

source: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2008/08/08/bc-prison-guard-edwin-ticne-sentenced.html?ref=rss

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