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New Date for Joint Inquest into the Eight Deaths at the Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre Announced

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New Date for Joint Inquest into the Eight Deaths at the Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre Announced

Dr. David Eden, Regional Supervising Coroner for Inquests, today announced that a new date has been scheduled for the joint inquest into the deaths of Louis Angelo Unelli, William Acheson, Martin Tykoliz, Stephen Conrad Neeson, David Michael Gillan, Trevor Ronald Burke, Julien Chavaun Walton and Peter Michael McNelis.

Mr. Unelli, 40, died on March 17, 2012; Mr. Acheson, 42, died on Sept. 12, 2012; Mr. Tykoliz, 38, died on May 7, 2014; Mr. Neeson, 44, died on Feb. 15, 2015; Mr. Gillan, 46, died on May 19, 2015; Mr. Burke, 38, died on March 25, 2014; Mr. Walton, 20, died on Oct. 2, 2015; and Mr. McNelis, 47, died on March 13, 2016. They died while in custody at the Hamilton Wentworth Detention Centre. Drug toxicity was a factor in all of the deaths. An inquest is mandatory under the Coroners Act. The chief coroner has directed that a joint inquest be held into the deaths.

The inquest will examine the events surrounding these deaths. The jury may make recommendations aimed at preventing similar deaths.  

The inquest is expected to last six weeks and to hear from approximately 100 witnesses.

The inquest will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, April 9, 2018. Details regarding the location will be provided at a later date when the information becomes available. Dr. Reuven Jhirad will preside as inquest coroner and Karen Shea will be counsel to the coroner.

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