EDMONTON – A mother leaned over and wept with other loved ones in an Edmonton courtroom when a jury found a man guilty of manslaughter in the death of her daughter

Two trials and a decade after police were called to the bloody crime scene, Bradley Barton, a former trucker from Mississauga, Ont. was responsible for the 2011 death of Cindy Gladue, a 36-year-old Metis and Cree woman, at the Yellowhead Inn made

Barton sat back and looked down as, after ten hours of deliberation, the jury announced their decision

Gladue’s family and friends held hands and cried after sitting through graphic details for six weeks of the mother of three dying in a bathtub in agony

“In this case, we had a victim who was silenced, and so she didn’t have a chance to tell her side of the story,” Weber said

“This gives us some confidence that maybe there is a chance that you will have justice even though you have been silenced”

Gladue was someone who loved to cook and hang out with her three children, her friends said if she had been alive she would have had the chance to play with her grandchildren

In thanking the jury for their services, Stephen Hillier, the judge of the Court of Queen, upheld the graphic testimony heard during the trial and urged members to refer to the assistance offered by the court to prop

Barton, 52, testified that he wanted to pay Gladue for sex and was shocked when he woke up the next morning to find her body

The Crown argued that Barton sexually molested Gladue while she passed out and threw her into the tub when she was bleeding profusely

Medical experts reported to the study that Gladue had four times the legal alcohol limit in her system and was bleeding to death from a severe wound in her vagina

A jury found Barton not guilty of first degree murder when Gladue died in 2015, and both the Alberta Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court rescheduled

The first trial sparked rallies demanding justice for indigenous women after he was acquitted

It was outrageous when Gladue’s preserved vaginal tissue was presented in court during the first trial

Gladue was repeatedly referred to as a “native” and a “prostitute” in the first trial. A Supreme Court judge agreed with the words that perpetuated myths and stereotypes of indigenous women and ordered Barton to be tried again for manslaughter in 2019

Gladue’s friends agreed that Canada still has a long way to go to fight racism in the judiciary

“If you are Aboriginal you are still not equals, and if you are in a high risk lifestyle this seems to be paramount”Which makes no difference because they’re still human,” said Thomason

“The 2015 Barton trial and acquittal quickly caused a human scream in Alberta and then across the country,” said Bottos

“Mr. Barton felt the weight of the allegations for a long time, and especially since his first acquittal. He was expecting a bad result here ”

During the trial, attorneys painted two dramatically different pictures of what happened within 48 hours in June 2011

The Crown argued that Gladue disapproved of a brutal sexual act and suggested that Barton lied to many people afterward to cover his tracks

His lawyer said Barton did not know that Gladue hurt and lied because he was afraid of losing everything

Barton testified that he was working as a truck driver when he met Gladue outside the Yellowhead Inn. He spent two nights in a row with her where he claimed he stuck his fingers in her vagina and she was enjoying herself

On the second night, Barton testified that Gladue didn’t seem too drunk when he performed the same sex act on her, but kept walking

Barton said that only a lamp was lit in the corner of room 139 when he looked down and saw Gladue’s blood on his fingers He said she went to the bathroom and he fell asleep He was shocked when he did went to the bathroom the next morning and found it spread out in the tub, blood all over the place, he told the court

Barton said he lied to about eight people after he found Gladue in the tub – including his wife, hotel clerks, the police and colleagues – because he was afraid they would find out he was having sex with her

McLeod sat in the courtroom almost every day. She listened at length, one clinician after another, as excessive force caused a four-inch tear in her daughter’s vaginal wall. Three medical experts testified that she bled profusely immediately afterwards. ” / p>

Prosecutors told a darker story of a murderer who forcibly sexually assaulted his victim with his fist while she passed out and then tossed her into the tub

Prosecutor Lawrence Van Dyke said a laptop search revealed that Barton had only been looking for videos of ripped and torn vaginas on the internet a few days earlier

The Crown argued that Barton had dressed and brushed his teeth that morning while calculating how he would cover up what he had done to the woman a few feet away

Behind the blood-soaked tub curtain, Gladue was lying with more blood on her body, face and all over the bathtub. Her bloody footprints marked the wall above her feet / p>

Van Dyke said Barton left his room, had a coffee and quietly asked a colleague what to do. Then he returned to his room and called the police. Two days later he was arrested

The Crown and Defense have agreed to meet again next week to decide on a date for the hearing to read the statements on the victim’s impact

This story was produced with financial support from Facebook and the Canadian Press News Fellowship

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