Inquests: Feb — June (updated Feb. 18)

Office of the Chief Coroner

Office of the Chief Coroner

Paralegals interested in the field of Coroners’ inquiries could gain an understanding of the process by attending inquests scheduled for this spring and summer. The public sessions take place in several Ontario communities.

March 3 – Timmins – Nolet

Michel Nolet, 26, died Aug. 26, 2010, while working on a construction project near Timmins. An inquest is mandatory under the Coroners Act.

The inquest will examine the events surrounding Nolet’s death. The jury may make recommendations aimed at preventing deaths in similar circumstances. The inquest is expected to last two days and to hear from three witnesses.

The inquest will begin at 9:30 a.m., Mon. March 3, at City Hall Council Chambers, 220 Algonquin Blvd. E., Timmins. Dr. Craig Muir will preside as inquest coroner and Russell Wood will act as counsel to the coroner.

March 24 – Ottawa – Leighton

Eric Leighton, 18, died on May 26, 2011, after he was injured while taking part in a technical shop course at Mother Teresa High School in Ottawa.

The inquest will examine the circumstances surrounding Leighton’s death. The jury may make recommendations aimed at preventing similar deaths. The inquest is expected to last two weeks and to hear from 14 witnesses.

The inquest will begin at 9:30 a.m., Mon., March 24, at the Federal Courts, Thomas D’Arcy McGee Building, 90 Sparks St., 7th Floor, Ottawa. Dr. Louise McNaughton Filion will preside as inquest coroner and Robert Wadden will be counsel to the coroner.

March 24 – Toronto – Su Go

Gerald Su Go, 53, died May 14, 2010, during a transfer to the hospital while he was an inmate at the Toronto East Detention Centre. An inquest is mandatory under the Coroners Act.

The inquest will examine the events surrounding Go’s death. The jury may make recommendations aimed at preventing similar deaths. The inquest is expected to last five days and to hear from about 10 witnesses.

The inquest will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Mon., at the Forensic Services and Coroner’s Complex, 25 Morton Shulman Ave., Toronto. Dr. David Eden will preside as inquest coroner and Rita Koehl will be counsel to the coroner.

April 7 – Ottawa – Long

Benjamin Long, 50, died May 4, 2011, as a result of injuries received during his course of employment at a construction site in Ottawa. An inquest is mandatory under the Coroners Act.

The inquest will examine the circumstances surrounding Mr. Long’s death. The jury may make recommendations aimed at preventing similar deaths.
The inquest is expected to last three days and to hear from 15 witnesses.

The inquest will begin at 9:30 a.m., Mon., April 7, at the Federal Courts, Thomas D’Arcy McGee building, 90 Sparks St., 7th floor, Ottawa. Dr. David Eden will preside as inquest coroner and Terrance Cooper will be counsel to the coroner.

April 8 – Hofstetter – Hamilton

Allen Scott Hofstetter, 44, died Feb. 9, 2011, after he was struck by a vehicle while working at a construction site. This inquest is mandatory under the Coroners Act.

The inquest will examine the events surrounding Mr. Hofstetter’s death. The jury may make recommendations aimed at preventing similar deaths. The inquest is expected to last three days and to hear from six witnesses.

The inquest will begin at 9:30 a.m., April 8, at the Kitchener Courthouse, 85 Frederick St. Dr. John Ewen will preside as inquest coroner and Cynthia Jennison will be counsel to the coroner.

May 12 – Lumanglas – Toronto

Peter Flores Lumanglas, 38, died April 20, 2012, at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre following interaction with the Toronto Police Service. An inquest is mandatory under the Coroners Act.

The inquest will examine the events surrounding Mr. Lumanglas’s death. The jury may make recommendations aimed at preventing similar deaths. The inquest is expected to last two weeks and to hear from about 15 witnesses.

The inquest will begin at 9:30 a.m. Mon., May 12, at the Forensic Services and Coroner’s Complex, 25 Morton Shulman Ave., Toronto. Dr. Bonnie Burke will preside as inquest coroner and Richard Garwood-Jones will be counsel to the coroner.

POSTPONED – Hamilton – Unkerskov-Chinnery

Dr. William J. Lucas, Deputy Chief Coroner for inquests, has announced that an inquest into the death of Andreas Unkerskov-Chinnery has been postponed. A new date is yet to be determined.

Unkerskov-Chinnery, 18, died in February, 2011, at the Hamilton General Hospital after an encounter at his home with the Hamilton Police Service. An inquest is mandatory under the Coroners Act.

The inquest will examine the events surrounding Mr. Unkerskov-Chinnery’s death. The jury may make recommendations aimed at preventing similar deaths. The inquest is expected to last 12 days and to hear from approximately 15 witnesses.

The inquest will resume at 9:30 a.m., Thur. Feb. 27, 2014 at the John Sopinka Court House, 45 Main St. E., Hamilton. Dr. Jack Stanborough will preside as inquest coroner and Karen Shea will be counsel to the coroner.

June 9 – Toronto – Sego

Zlatko Sego, 39, died on April 19, 2012, while in custody at the Toronto Jail. An inquest is mandatory under the Coroners Act.

The inquest will examine the events surrounding Mr. Sego’s death. The jury may make recommendations aimed at preventing similar deaths. The inquest is expected to last five days and to hear from approximately 10 witnesses.

The inquest will begin at 9:30 a.m. Mon., at the Forensic Services and Coroner’s Complex, 25 Morton Shulman Ave., Toronto. Dr. Joel Ross will preside as inquest coroner and Lisa Jacek will be counsel to the coroner.

TBA – Hamilton – Mesic

Mladen Mesic, 45, died on June 7, 2013, after an interaction with officers of the Hamilton Police Service. An inquest is mandatory under the Coroners Act.

The inquest will examine the events surrounding Mr. Mesic’s death. The jury may make recommendations aimed at preventing similar deaths.

Dr. Jack Stanborough will preside as inquest coroner and Graeme Leach will be counsel to the coroner.

The coroner’s investigation is ongoing. The inquest time and location will be published hen available.

Related Information:

Speaking for the Dead” — death investigations in Ontario

Coroners’ Inquests in Sept., Oct.

Coroners’ Inquests – Dec. 2013-March 2014

Inquests Scheduled

 

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