VANCOUVER EASTSIDE MISSING WOMEN
Mother files missing-women lawsuits
Esquimalt woman seeks damages after daughter's remains were found at pig farm
Wednesday, April 24, 2002
An Esquimalt woman filed two civil suits in B.C. Supreme Court in Victoria Tuesday against the Vancouver Police Department, three levels of government, and the owners of a pig farm where her daughter's remains were recovered.
Sidney lawyer Denis Bernstsen filed the lawsuit on behalf of Karin Joesbury, who is seeking damages over circumstances surrounding the death of her daughter, Andrea Joesbury.
Joesbury is among 50 women who went missing from Vancouver's east side between 1983 and 2002.
They are the subject of an extensive search on a farm at 953 Dominion Ave. in Port Coquitlam. Joesbury disappeared in early 2001, and partial remains were located in April 2002 on the farm site.
First-degree murder charges have been laid against Robert William Pickton in the deaths of Andrea Joesbury and five other women.
Despite longstanding rumours of a link between the women and the Pickton's pig farm, police armed with a search warrant moved onto the property only this year.
In her suit, Karin Joesbury charges that the Vancouver city police and the RCMP "wilfully failed to properly investigate all information received, knowing that such wilful failure to investigate would allow the killing to continue."
Since approximately 1996, 39 women disappeared under similar circumstances, without any or adequate police investigation being conducted, the statement of claim alleges.
Police identified Pickton as a suspected killer, yet failed to conduct an adequate investigation, charges Karen Joesbury.
In doing so, Andrea Joesbury fell victim to a person "who ... (disposed) of her remains in a manner which denied them their human dignity and offends against public decency," says the statement of claim.
The claim further alleges that "the treatment of the remains of Andrea is a gross and wilful violation of human dignity, is painful to family and has resulted in emotional trauma, distress and spiritual distress, which will continue indefinitely."
Karin Joesbury says she "has suffered the loss of her daughter, Andrea Joesbury, mental anguish, loss of companionship, emotional trauma and spiritual trauma."
Joesbury filed a separate suit against the pig farm owners, Robert and David Pickton and Linda Wright.
Both suits claim general, pecuniary and punitive damages and costs. The suit against the farm owners also seeks a declaration that the pig farm be held in trust for the plaintiff since some of her remains are still there.
The way Joesbury was killed "constitutes a permanent interment for and spiritual site" which should be awarded to the victim's family, maintains Karin Joesbury, who could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
The defendants have 14 days to file statements of defence.
© Copyright 2002 Victoria Times Colonist
Updated: August 21, 2016