Two EMDC guards will not go to trial in Adam Kargus beating death


The Supreme Court of Canada will not hear an appeal of a case involving two corrections workers in London who had charges against them stayed.


The high court released its decision Thursday. As is court practice, the reasons for the denial were not stated.

The two guards had been charged with failing to provide the necessaries of life after a prisoner was beaten by another inmate. 

Adam Kargus, 29, was beaten to death at EMDC by his cellmate in 2013. (Deb Abrams)

The attack killed 29-year-old Adam Kargus at the Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre (EMDC) in October 2013.

Fellow inmate Anthony George pleaded guilty to second degree murder in 2017 and is serving a life sentence. 

Meantime, the Crown alleged the two guards did not respond to the victim’s screams for help during the hour-long beating in his cell. But the guards argued the case against them took too long to come to trial.

In 2017, an Ontario Superior Court judge agreed and had the charges stayed.

That led to the Crown’s unsuccessful request to the Supreme Court.

The EMDC has been the subject of much scrutiny and has been called the “worst jail” in the country.

Families of inmates who have died inside have called repeatedly for an inquiry into the conditions inside the provincial jail.