October 16, 2014 - 5:00 AM
KAMLOOPS - A British Columbia man who claims he slipped in urine that was thrown into his prison cell has filed a lawsuit against the province seeking $25,000 plus court fees.
Shane Jeurissen says in his notice of claim that he was in the segregation unit of the Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre on July 24 when two inmates tossed a container of urine into his cell.
Jeurissen, 43, says in the court document that he “slipped on the urine inside the cell and fell to the ground,” suffering injuries to his back and knee.
The long-term offender with a violent history claims a corrections officer then made him clean up the urine without protective equipment.
He says in his notice of claim that prison staff were negligent in allowing the two prisoners to approach his cell and failed to “maintain the claimant’s (Jeurissen's) health and safety.”
In September, Jeurissen was sentenced to another three and a half years behind bars after two violent domestic assaults — the latest a 2012 incident in Barriere, B.C., for which he was convicted of assault with a weapon.
The Crown failed in its bid to have him deemed a dangerous offender — a tag that could have brought with it an indefinite prison term.
Jeurissen was labelled a long-term offender, meaning he will spend a decade under close supervision in the community once he’s released.
A spokesman for the Justice Ministry said a statement of defence has not been filed because the province has not yet been served with the notice of claim.
Jeurissen said in the court document that he is now an inmate in Abbotsford, B.C., at the Pacific Institution and Regional Treatment Centre, which has a psychiatric and rehabilitation unit and a health centre.
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