Inquest Schedule: April–June

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.

(Delayed for Judicial Review) May 6 – Minty – Midhurst

Douglas Minty, 59, died June 22, 2009, after an incident with Ontario Provincial Police in the community of Elmvale.

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

The inquest is expected to last four weeks and to hear from 20 witnesses.

The inquest will begin at 9:30 a.m., Tues., May 6. It will be held at the Simcoe County Council Chambers, 1110 Hwy. 26, Midhurst. Dr. William J. Lucas will preside as inquest coroner and Tom Fitzgerald will be counsel to the coroner.

June 2 – Hamilton – Mesic

Mladen Mesic, 45, died June 7, 2013, after an interaction with officers of the Hamilton Police Service, while he was a voluntary patient of St. Joseph’s Heathcare Hamilton.

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

The inquest is expected to last 10 days and to hear from 16 witnesses.

The inquest will begin at 9:30 a.m. Mon., June 2, 2014, at the John Sopinka Courthouse, 45 Main Street East, Hamilton. Dr. Jack Stanborough will preside as inquest coroner and Graeme Leach 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.

June 23 – Niagara Falls – Dube

Dr. William J. Lucas, Deputy Chief Coroner for Inquests, has scheduled an inquest into the death of Ryan Dube. Dube, age 18, died July 24, 2012, at the Niagara Gorge in Niagara Falls, after an interaction with Niagara Regional Police.

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

The inquest is expected to last 10 days and to hear from 15 witnesses.

The inquest will begin at 9:30 a.m., Mon., June 23, 2014, at the Americana Conference Centre, 8444 Lundy’s Lane, Niagara Falls. Dr. Jack Stanborough will preside as inquest coroner and Graeme Leach 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.

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.

Related Information:

Speaking for the Dead” — Death investigations in Ontario

Inquest legal fees reimbursement program – Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services

Coroners’ Inquests – February to April, 2014

Inquests Scheduled

2 comments

  1. Wenda Allicock · ·

    April 8 – Hofstetter – Hamilton

    You have labelled this Hamilton but the court is listed below in Kitchener. Can you confirm . thank you

    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.

    1. Quite right, thank you! The inquest was called by the Regional Supervising Coroner in Hamilton, but the inquest itself is in Kitchener, at the Frederick Street courthouse. Please continue to alert me to such errors.

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