Coroners’ Inquests: Dec. – March *Updated Dec. 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 winter. The public sessions take place in several Ontario communities.

Jan. 13, 2014 – Milton – Fitzpatrick

Blake Andrew Fitzpatrick, 28, died June 28, 2012, while working at a construction site in Georgetown. An inquest is mandatory under the Coroners Act.

The inquest will examine the events surrounding Fitzpatrick’s death. The jury may make recommendations aimed at preventing similar deaths. The inquest is expected to last three days and to hear from 12 witnesses. The inquest will begin at 10 a.m. on Jan. 13, 2014, at the Best Western Milton Inn, 161 Chisholm St., Milton.

Dr. S. Teper will preside as inquest coroner and Amanda Camara will be counsel to the coroner.

Jan. 15 – Burlington – Kim

Carl Kim, 34, died March 12, 2011, at the Joseph Brant Hospital, after an altercation with Halton Regional Police. An inquest is mandatory under the Coroners Act.

The inquest will examine the events surrounding Kim’s death. The jury may make recommendations aimed at preventing similar deaths. The inquest is expected to last three days and to hear from 11 witnesses.

The inquest will begin at 9:30 a.m. Wed. Jan. 15, 2014, at the Main Floor Auditorium, 5500 North Service Rd., Burlington. Dr. James Kovacs will preside as inquest coroner and Kelli Frew will be counsel to the coroner.

Jan. 20, 2014 – Windsor – Dew

Jonathan Dew, 26, died Sept. 21, 2012, at London Health Sciences Centre, after being taken to hospital from the Windsor Jail.

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

The inquest will begin at 9:30 a.m. Mon. Jan. 20, 2014, at the Superior Court of Justice, 245 Windsor Ave., Windsor. Dr. Rick Mann will preside as inquest coroner and Elizabeth Brown will be counsel to the coroner.

Feb. 6 – Aurora – Hergert

Michael Hergert, 36, died Aug. 9, 2010, while working at a construction site in Vaughan. An inquest is mandatory under the Coroners Act.

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

The inquest will begin at 9 a.m on Thur., Feb. 6, at the Town of Aurora Municipal Offices: 1 Municipal Drive, Aurora. Dr. Hanif Kassam will preside as inquest coroner and Jon Fuller will be counsel to the coroner.

Feb. 11 – Orangeville – Sprague

Adam Sprague, 25, died Nov. 11, 2010, while in the custody of the Orangeville Police Services. An inquest is mandatory under the Coroners Act.

The inquest will examine the events surrounding Mr. Sprague’s death. The jury may make recommendations aimed at preventing similar deaths. The inquest is expected to last eight days and to hear from 18 witnesses.

The inquest will begin at 9:30 a.m., Tue. Feb. 11, 2014, at the Orangeville Courthouse, 10 Louise St. Dr. Jack Stanborough will preside as inquest coroner and Karen Shea will be counsel to the coroner.

Feb. 27, 2014 – Hamilton – Unkerskov-Chinnery

Dr. William J. Lucas, Deputy Chief Coroner for inquests, has announced that an inquest will resume into the death of Andreas Unkerskov-Chinnery.

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.

March 24, 2014 – 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 Monday, March 24, 2014, 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.

TBA 2014 – Toronto – McGillivary

Charles McGillivary, 45, died Aug. 1, 2011, at the Toronto Western Hospital, after his arrest by the Toronto Police Service. An inquest is mandatory under the Coroners Act, to examine the events surrounding McGillivary’s death. The jury may make recommendations aimed at preventing similar deaths.

Dr. Dan Cass will preside as inquest coroner and Michael Blain will be counsel to the coroner. The inquest will be held at the new Coroners Courts at the Forensic Services and Coroner’s Complex, 25 Morton Shulman Ave., Toronto.

It is expected that the inquest will commence in early 2014. Details will be announced when the information becomes available.

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.

Inquests Scheduled

 

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