Coroners’ Inquests in Sept. & Oct.

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Several inquests this fall will examine the deaths of workers and people who died in custody. Paralegals interested in this practice area could gain an understanding of the process by attending; the public sessions are scheduled in several Ontario communities.

Hamilton Inquest – Nadarasa

The inquest into the death of Jeyakumar Nadarasa, 32, whose car collided with a flat-bed tow truck in 2009, is to begin Sept. 23, at the John Sopinka Court House, 45 Main St. East, in Hamilton. Dr. Jack Stanborough will preside as inquest coroner and Karen Shea will be counsel to the coroner.

Nadarasa’s inquest will include an examination of safety issues related to tow truck operation in Ontario; the jury may make recommendations aimed at preventing similar deaths.

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

Guelph Inquest – Hughes

Dr. Roger Skinner, Acting Regional Supervising Coroner for the Central Region, Guelph Office, announced that an inquest will be held into the death of David Hughes, 63. The Guelph man died Dec. 21, 2010, after being injured at a construction project in Oakville.

The inquest will examine the circumstances surrounding Mr. Hughes’ 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. It will begin at 9:30 a.m., Sept. 30, at the Best Western Plus at 161 Chisholm Dr., Milton. Dr. Robert Boyko will preside as inquest coroner and Amanda Camara will be counsel to the coroner.

Thunder Bay Inquest – Moonias

Bruce Moonias, 27, died on Dec. 11, 2006, at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, after he had an incident involving the Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service and the Ontario Provincial Police. An inquest in these circumstances is mandatory under the Coroners Act.

The jury may make recommendations aimed at preventing similar deaths.

The inquest is expected to last three weeks and to hear from approximately 22 witnesses. It is set to begin at 11 a.m., Oct. 21, in Auditorium A, Ontario Government Building, Main Floor, 189 Red River Rd., Thunder Bay. Dr. David Evans will preside as inquest coroner and Leonard Kim will be counsel to the coroner.

Windsor Inquest – Escoto

Takis Escoto, 34, died June 1, 2011, from injuries received during the course of his employment at a construction site in Windsor. An inquest is mandatory under the Coroners Act and Dr. Rick Mann, Regional Supervising Coroner for the West Region, London Office, has set the inquest date for Oct. 28.

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

The inquest is expected to last four days and to hear from approximately seven witnesses. It will begin at 10 a.m. Oct. 28.

Note that the location has changed; it will now be held at the Superior Court of Justice, Courtroom 2, 245 Windsor Ave., Windsor. Curtis Fedoruk will preside as inquest coroner and Frank Schwalm will be counsel to the coroner.

Brampton – Essery

Mark Andrew Essery, 56, died in York Regional Police custody July 26, 2012. An inquest, which is mandatory under the Coroners Act, begins Oct. 29. It is expected to last 11 days and to hear from about 15 witnesses.

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

It is set to begin at 10 a.m. at the Provincial Offences Court House, Courtroom B6, 5 Ray Lawson Blvd., Brampton. Dr. Robert Boyko will preside as inquest coroner and Frank Giordano will be counsel to the coroner.

Related Information:

Speaking for the Dead” — death investigations in Ontario

Inquests Scheduled

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