HALIFAX - The Nova Scotia government has named a former chief prosecutor from Ontario to conduct a review of the way police and prosecutors handled the Rehtaeh Parsons case.
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A woman holds a photo of Rehtaeh Parsons in Halifax on April 11.
The Cole Harbour teen was taken off life support in April, days after she was hospitalized following a suicide attempt. She had been bullied by classmates over an alleged gang rape at a party two years earlier.
Police had investigated the alleged assault, but never laid charges. The case was re-opened shortly after Rehtaeh’s death.
Police laid child pornography related charges against two teenaged boys on Aug. 8.
Nova Scotia Justice Minister Ross Landry promised in April that a review of the initial police investigation would begin once the new criminal investigation was complete.
On Monday, the province named Murray Segal, a former chief prosecutor and deputy attorney general of Ontario, to conduct the review.
“We are committed to reviewing everything that led up to this tragic death, including the role of police and the prosecution service,” said Landry in a release.
The release states the review will focus on the police and Public Prosecution Services’ handling of the case, and will make recommendations for improvements.
The review is expected to take about six months.