Accused killer's confessions ruled inadmissible because he was denied bathroom break
Explosive confessions made to RCMP by an accused killer will not be allowed into evidence at his murder trial, because RCMP failed to grant the man a washroom break.
Both men were questioned at length by the RCMP after they were arrested. The videotaped sessions were played during voir-dire hearings in a Red Deer courtroom so that Justice Eric Macklin could determine if the statements were made voluntarily and are therefore admissible.
Macklin said he was left with a reasonable doubt that anything Frank said was voluntary after he was first denied a bathroom break. He determined the videotaped statements Frank made the following day to investigators were also inadmissible.