Warden set to testify at Ashley Smith inquest
TORONTO - The woman in charge of the prison in which a teenaged Ashley Smith killed herself is set to testify today.
Cindy Berry has faced fierce criticism from other witnesses at the Toronto inquest into the tragedy.
For example, the deputy warden testified that Berry was unhappy with the negative attention the prison in Kitchener, Ont., was attracting from headquarters.
She said Berry wanted to minimize use-of-force incidents and ordered guards to stay out of Smith's cell as long as she was still breathing.
The result was guards stood by and watched when Smith choked herself to death in October 2007.
Berry will have two days on the stand to offer her side of the story.