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News Release

SIU Updates Investigation into St. Catharines Death

Case Number: 05-OCD-161

TORONTO (12 October, 2005) --- Four investigators, including two forensic identification technicians, with the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) are continuing to investigate the circumstances of a 21-year-old man's death.

On October 10, 2005, at about 3:00 p.m., Andrew Campbell was arrested by the Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) for robbery at a variety store on Pine Street North in Thorold. He was lodged in a police cell at 11 Division in St. Catharines until about 7:30 a.m. the following morning when he was found to be in medical distress. Mr. Campbell was taken to St. Catharines General Hospital where he died.

As part of the investigation, SIU investigators will be attending the post mortem examination scheduled for today. Investigators will also be reviewing police reports and videotapes.

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