Jun 20, 2012 – 8:27 PM ET | Last Updated: Jun 20, 2012 11:34 PM ET
Luka Rocco Magnotta has been transferred to an east-end Montreal jail where he has been placed into solitary confinement and is under a 24-hour suicide watch while awaiting his next court appearance.
Magnotta is currently under “super protection,” which means he has no contact with any of the other prisoners. Beyond that, he’ll receive no special treatment while in the jail.
“It’s horrible, the crime he did, but we do our work and we’re not afraid of him,” said Stephane Lemaire, head of the provincial jail guards’ union.
Police precautions used since Magnotta returned to Montreal have been excessive, Lemaire said. “He’s not an international terrorist and he’s not a gangster with accomplices on the outside, we’re going to transport him by standard means.
“It’s ridiculous the amount of money that was wasted to give the media a show…. To see that much security, it feels like we’re dealing with Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs.”
Magnotta, 29, is due in court again Thursday via videolink where his lawyer, Pierre Panaccio, may ask for a psychiatric evaluation to be performed on his client.
Built in 1997, the Rivière-des-Prairies Detention Centre “shelters 600 prisoners in a warm and friendly environment which simultaneously incorporates principles of security, efficiency and respect for inmates,” according to Lemay Associes Montreal, the architecture firm behind the facility.
Magnotta will likely be housed in the facility for most of the remainder of his trial.
Meanwhile, Montreal Mayor Gerald Tremblay’s office categorically denied an earlier CBC report that the city paid $15,000 to repatriate Magnotta from Berlin on a Royal Canadian Air Force jet.
“The city of Montreal does not in any way participate in the extradition process,” spokesperson Martine Painchaud told the National Post. “It’s not a local police matter.”
“It’s an exceptional case (but) it is not for the city to pay anything for (the extradition). The federal authorities will assume the responsibility.”
Tremblay was asked about the $15,000 number during a press conference and replied “justice has no price.”