A convicted murderer who claims he has been deprived of his sleep for the last five years by noisy prison guards is suing the Canadian government.
David Wild is seeking damages of more than €3.8m for what he claims is the ‘‘inhumane’’ policy which has caused him to lose sleep 509 times in the last five years.
He claims guards at the prison waken him up for their daily head count between 3.30 and 5.30am - when he is in the middle of deep sleep.
In a statement filed with the Canadian federal court, he accused the guards of acting ‘‘thoughtlessly and carelessly’’ by rattling door knobs, stomping down stairs, turning on lights and talking loudly.
The 65-year-old prisoner blames the guards for a list of ills, including sleeplessness, permanent headaches, blurred and double vision, loss of balance, irritability and depression.
And despite being in prison for murdering his lover, Wild is seeking the massive compensation because he claims his future employment as an architect is in danger.
‘‘An architect’s eye constitutes 80% of his earning capacity,’’ he told the court.
The prisoner of Mission Medium Security Institution in British Columbia has already guaranteed his day in court as the Canadian government has lost its bid to have case thrown out without a hearing.
The government is to fight the compensation claim.
‘‘The goal of inmate counts is to ensure that inmates are safe, that the prison community is safe, that the employees are safe and that communities in British Columbia are safe,’’ a spokesman told the Windsor Star.