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News Release

Complainant’s Severed Fingers Result of Unfortunate Accident in Barrie Police Cell

Case Number: 16-OCI-200

Mississauga, ON (1 September, 2017) --- The Acting Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, found there are no reasonable grounds for charges in a case in which a 38-year-old man was lodged in a Barrie Police Service cell and had two of his fingers accidentally severed.

The Director’s Report was delivered to the Attorney General, as is required by law under the Police Services Act. The Attorney General has directed that the document be posted online. It can be found at

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. 

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