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News Release

SIU Terminates Investigation into Injury Sustained by Man in Cochrane Court House Cell

Case Number: 17-PCI-223

Mississauga, ON (29 September, 2017) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the injury sustained by a 23-year-old man while inside a cell at the Cochrane court house. The incident occurred last month.

A preliminary investigation found the following:
  • On Sunday, August 20, 2017, the man was arrested in Smooth Rock Falls in relation to outstanding criminal charges.
  • The following day, the man was transported to the Cochrane court house. While waiting to appear in front of a judge, he was placed in a cell.
  • At approximately 11 a.m., the man punched the wall in the cell. He was transported to hospital where he was diagnosed with a hand injury.
Director Tony Loparco said, “I have terminated the investigation into this incident as the man’s injury was as a result of his own actions, and was not as a result of his interaction with any police officer.”

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