Inquest Into Death of Kinew James
April 18, 2016
A public inquest into the death of Kinew James will be held April 25 – 29, 2016, at the Court of Queen’s Bench in Saskatoon.
James was an inmate at the Regional Psychiatric Centre in Saskatoon. On January 19, 2013, she was found unresponsive in her cell. The 35 year-old was transported to hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Section 20 of The Coroners Act, 1999 states that the Chief Coroner shall hold an inquest into the death of a person who dies while an inmate at a jail or a correctional facility, unless the coroner is satisfied that the person’s death was due entirely to natural causes and was not preventable.
The Office of the Chief Coroner is responsible for the investigation of all sudden, unexpected deaths. The purpose of an inquest is to establish who died, when and where that person died and the medical cause and manner of death. The coroner’s jury can also make recommendations to prevent further deaths.
Coroner Tim Hawryluk of Saskatoon will preside at the inquest.
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