Christie Blatchford: Why there may never be a case against the alleged Rehtaeh Parsons rapists

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It was a dog’s breakfast of a file – with the singular feature, almost unheard of in a sexual assault complaint, of an independent witness – that led police and prosecutors to conclude they couldn’t charge anyone in the Rehtaeh Parsons case.

With information from sources close to the investigation, Postmedia has learned that much of the accepted gospel about the case – teenager is gang-raped, humiliated by the circulation of a cruel picture of the assault, then abandoned by the justice system and driven to suicide — is incomplete.

The 17-year-old attempted to hang herself in the bathroom of her mother Leah Parsons’ home in the Halifax suburb of Cole Harbour on April 4.

Rehtaeh suffered lethal brain damage and three days later was removed from life support.

Her mother turned to Facebook on April 8, the day after her daughter’s death.

“Rehtaeh is gone today because of the…

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