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Okanagan Correctional Centre inmate suing for being served 'bad food'

Andrew Hardenstine has filed a civil suit against the Okanagan Correctional Centre claiming $14,000 in damages for food poisoning.
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February 25, 2020 - 12:24 PM

An inmate is suing the Okanagan Correctional Centre in Oliver for $14,000 claiming he was given "bad food" at the prison.

Andrew Hardenstine filed a notice of claim against the Ministry of Justice on Feb. 21 in Penticton court.

In the notice of claim, Hardenstine said he was given "bad food" on Aug. 3, 2019.

“After I ate my supper on this date, I began to feel unwell and all night long I vomited and felt terrible,” he wrote in his statement of claim.

Hardenstine claims the best before dates had passed and when he informed the shift officer and showed him the food, he was sent to the prison's health centre to be treated for food poisoning and it took three to four days before he felt better. He wants $14,000 for pain and suffering.

Hardenstine has a long, and sometimes violent, criminal past.

He was the subject of a Canada-wide warrant in 2013 after breaching parole conditions in Kamloops. Police warned the public of Hardenstine's past criminal history that included violence.

He was arrested in September, 2013 after police caught him coming out of an apartment on Roy Avenue in Penticton with an assault rifle and a pistol fitted with a silencer along with a sack full of ammo and a bottle full of drugs. He was sentenced to four years in jail in December, 2013 for firearms, drug possession and other charges.

In November, 2018, Penticton RCMP’s Targeted Enforcement Unit arrested Hardenstine after executing a search warrant at a Penticton residence where they found a small arsenal of weapons.

His latest offences include possession of a controlled substance, dangerous driving and driving while prohibited charges, according to court documents.

He isn't the only inmate who has tried to sue the South Okanagan prison lately. Justin William Daniels filed a civil suit in January claiming he fell and injured himself after encountering slippery floors in the prison.

The allegations have not been proven in court and the correctional centre has yet to respond to the claim.

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