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News Release

No Basis to Lay Charges in Relation to Man’s Death in London

Case Number: 18-OCD-379

Mississauga, ON (16 October, 2019) ---
On December 27, 2018, a 29-year-old man was lodged in a courthouse cell to await a court appearance. Following the court appearance, the man was transported to the Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre. While in the process of being admitted, the man collapsed. He was transported to hospital where he was pronounced dead. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a London Police Service officer in relation to the man’s death.

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision):https://www.siu.on.ca/en/directors_reports.php. 

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