Inquest to be held in Fort St. John in-custody death

The Coroners Act makes an inquest mandatory in almost all cases in which a person dies while in police custody.

At the time of the death, the RCMP stated a series of routine checks were conducted on the male and at one point during the evening he was observed to be unresponsive. The RCMP called Paramedics who pronounced the male dead.  Lohouse was arrested just after 5 p.m. on Friday September 9, 2011.

The inquest will take place from Sept. 16 to 20, 2013, at the Fort St. John Court Services building in Fort St. John.

Presiding coroner Donita Kuzma and a jury will hear evidence from subpoenaed witnesses to determine the facts surrounding this death. While the jury may not, by law, make any findings of legal responsibility, it will have the opportunity to make recommendations aimed at preventing deaths under similar circumstances in the future.

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