Saskatoon

Decision on Sandy Charles transfer from RPC pending

Child killer Sandy Charles is asking to move from the Regional Psychiatric Centre in Saskatoon to Saskatchewan Hospital in North Battleford.

Child killer asks to move from Regional Psychiatric Centre to Saskatchewan Hospital

Child killer Sandy Charles wants to move from the Regional Psych. Ctr. in Saskatoon to Saskatchewan Hospital in North Battleford, Kathy Fitzpatrick reports. 1:19

Child killer Sandy Charles is asking to move from the Regional Psychiatric Centre in Saskatoon to the Saskatchewan Hospital in North Battleford.

Charles made his request Thursday at a review board hearing. A decision is pending.

In 1995, Charles murdered a seven-year-old boy in LaRonge and boiled strips of skin cut from his victim. Charles was 14 years old at the time. He was fascinated by the movie Warlock, which claimed that drinking the boiled-down fat from a virgin would give him the power to fly.

Charles was found not criminally responsible for mental reasons and has been held in psychiatric facilities ever since.

"If they can handle him, and he's probably not the most difficult person to handle, it may work," said Morris Bodnar, a lawyer speaking for the Saskatchewan Hospital.  "But there is certain background work that has to be done because there is a responsibility on behalf of the hospital to see that society is protected, that the staff are protected, and that nothing will go wrong."

Morris said while there is very high security at the Regional Psychiatric Centre, Saskatchewan Hospital also has secure units.