Date Announced for Inquest into the Deaths of Reyal Jardine-Douglas, Sylvia Klibingaitis and Michael Eligon
Dr. William Lucas, Deputy Chief Coroner for Inquests, today announced that a date has been scheduled for the inquest into the deaths of Reyal Jardine-Douglas, Sylvia Klibingaitis and Michael Eligon.
Mr. Jardine-Douglas, age 25, died on Aug. 29, 2010. Ms. Klibingaitis, age 52, died on Oct. 7, 2011. Mr. Eligon, age 29, died on Feb. 3, 2012. All three individuals died of gunshot wounds sustained when they approached police officers while carrying edged weapons and all may have been experiencing the effects of a mental disorder at the time of their deaths.
These inquests are mandatory under the Coroners Act. Under section 25(2) of the Coroners Act, where two or more deaths appear to have occurred in the same event or from a common cause, the Chief Coroner may direct that one inquest be held into all of the deaths.
The inquest will examine the events surrounding the three deaths. The jury may make recommendations aimed at preventing similar deaths.
The inquest is expected to last eight weeks and to hear from more than 50 witnesses.
The inquest will begin at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, at the Forensic Services and Coroner's Complex, 25 Morton Shulman Ave., Toronto (south side of Wilson Ave., one block west of Keele St.). Dr. David Eden will preside as inquest coroner and Michael Blain will be counsel to the coroner.