Alleged cancer faker fears for his safety after jailhouse beating
Kristopher Cook, the man accused of cashing in on fabricated tales of cancer woe, will remain in hospital for two to three days, his lawyers said Tuesday.
Cook suffered a lacerated spleen, broken nose and other wounds in a vicious assault inside his Calgary Remand Centre cell Sunday, his first morning there awaiting his day in court to answer to fraud charges.
He should be out of hospital in time for a court appearance scheduled for Friday, where lawyers Greg Dunn and Joel Chevrefils will seek consent for his release.
Dunn admits that may be a tough sell.
“My understanding is he doesn’t have family in the city of Calgary and so in those situations when you’re attempting to obtain bail it’s always a little bit more difficult,” Dunn said.
Chevrefils met with Cook at the hospital on Monday where the 28-year-old expressed concerns for his safety at the Remand Centre in light of the attack.
Dunn said Cook is fearful and has good reason to be and would assist his client should he choose to seek protective custody inside the jailhouse, although that decision ultimately rests with administration.
“I think it’s fairly clear there’s a need,” Dunn said.
Calls to the Remand Centre were directed to the Solicitor General’s office, which would not comment on Cook’s case.
Dunn said they’re not entirely certain what motivated the attack, but assumes it’s related to the accusations against Cook.
“We don’t know the reason for it, I’m going on the premise it’s because of the charges he’s facing and the media coverage,” Dunn said.
The Calgary Police Service would not comment on Cook’s beating and would only confirm they are investigating an assault that took place there Sunday.
Cook faces two counts of fraud over $5,000 in connection to “Kristopher C’s Cancer Smasher Benefit Bash” held July 8, 2011 at the bar Broken City.
The fundraiser was put on by members of the local music scene who wanted to help out Cook for expenses related to treatment for brain cancer he allegedly told them he had.
Police issued warrants earlier this month after investigating concerns raised by many of his friends.
They were tipped off he was living in Victoria where cops caught up with him on Sept. 11.