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News Release

SIU Closes Investigation into Falling Injury Sustained by Youth in Guelph

Case Number: 13-OCI-099

Mississauga (19 April, 2013) --- Based on the Special Investigations Unit’s (SIU) preliminary enquiries into the injuries sustained by a 14-year-old male in Guelph earlier this week, SIU Director Ian Scott has terminated the investigation. The incident, involving officers with the Guelph Police Service, occurred on Wednesday, April 17, 2013. 

Two investigators and two forensic investigators from the SIU were assigned to probe the case. The SIU investigation determined that in the morning hours, the youth and a friend climbed onto the rooftop of a building located near Woolwich Street and Douglas Street. Upon seeing police on an adjacent rooftop, the individuals began to make their way back to the ground by climbing down a pipe attached to the side of the building. One of the youths made it down and was arrested. The second youth ignored an officer’s instructions and began to climb down the same pipe. Officers encouraged him to proceed slowly. About half way down, the youth lost his grip on the pipe and fell approximately 9 metres to the ground. He was transported to the Guelph General Hospital where he was diagnosed with broken heel bones to both of his feet. 

As the police officer had nothing to do with the reason for the youth’s injuries, the SIU has terminated its investigation.

The SIU is an arm’s length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault. Under the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether an officer has committed a criminal offence  in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, lay a criminal charge against the officer if appropriate or close the file without any charges being laid
  • report the results of any investigations to the Attorney General. 

Monica Hudon,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342