Owner of python that killed New Brunswick brothers arrested: lawyer

CAMPBELLTON, N.B. — The lawyer for a man who owned a python that killed two young boys in New Brunswick in August 2013 says his client has been arrested in the case.

Leslie Matchim says Jean-Claude Savoie was arrested in the Montreal area today.

Matchim says he spoke with Savoie but doesn’t know what charges his client may face.

Earlier, the RCMP said one person was arrested and is in custody in Quebec.

RCMP Cpl. Chantal Farrah said no charges have been laid but the investigation is ongoing.

Four-year-old Noah Barthe and his six-year-old brother Connor were killed in Campbellton, N.B., after a 45-kilogram African rock python escaped its enclosure inside Savoie’s apartment where they were staying for a sleepover.

The snake asphyxiated the boys.

In July last year, the RCMP said they completed their investigation into their deaths and handed the case to the Crown to determine whether charges should be laid.

Since 1992, African rock pythons have been banned in New Brunswick unless a permit is obtained.

Only accredited zoos can obtain such a permit.

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