SIU Terminates Investigation into Falling Death of Woman in London
Case Number: 18-OCD-207
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The Acting Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the falling death of a 24-year-old woman from a sixth-floor apartment balcony last month in London.
At approximately 9:50 p.m. on July 15, 2018, the London Police Service received a call regarding a woman in distress at an apartment building on Wonderland Road South. Two officers, one of whom was a trained negotiator, arrived at the apartment door at approximately 10:00 p.m and attempted to speak with the woman through the door. A short time later, an officer positioned at ground level in front of the building communicated that the woman had fallen from the sixth floor balcony to the ground below. She was transported to hospital where she was pronounced dead at 10:48 p.m.
The cause of the woman’s death, determined at the post mortem examination the next day, was attributed to multiple traumas consistent with a fall from a height.
Acting Director Martino said, “It is apparent that the woman fell to her death of her own volition and that there is nothing to investigate as far as any potential criminality is concerned on the part of the officers who were on scene at the time in question. Accordingly, this investigation is terminated.
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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