Domestic violence expert testifies at inquest of nurse slaying

November 30, 2007


WINDSOR, Ont. - A domestic violence expert is pointing a finger at a Windsor, Ont., hospital for not stopping harassment in a case that led to a doctor there killing a nurse.

Peter Jaffe, the director of the Centre for Research on Violence to Women and Children, testified Thursday at a coroner's inquest into the Nov. 12, 2005 incident.

On that day, anesthesiologist Marc Daniel fatally stabbed his ex-girlfriend, nurse Lori Dupont, in Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital, then took enough anesthetic to kill himself.

Jaffe says about four dozen people knew that Daniel was harassing Dupont.

He says everyone has a responsibility to do something if they know of harassment, including stalking and leaving notes on a car, which is what the inquest has heard happened to Dupont.

Testimony at the coroner's inquest finished Thursday and final summations to the jury are scheduled for next week.