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News Release

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Man’s Fatal Fall from London Apartment Balcony

Case Number: 20-OCD-103

Mississauga, ON (17 September, 2020) ---
On May 5, 2020, London Police Service officers were dispatched to a high-rise apartment building in London following a call from a woman who expressed concern for her 27-year-old son’s well-being. When officers arrived at an apartment on the 15th floor, they couldn’t get into the unit, but briefly were able to talk to the man by phone. Evidence soon came to the officers that the man was sitting unsupported on the balcony railing. The man then scaled down to the balcony directly below, and then down to the next balcony. As the man endeavoured to maneuver to the next balcony below, he lost his grip and fell to the ground. The man was rushed to hospital but succumbed to his injuries on May 8, 2020. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there is no basis for proceeding with criminal charges in this case and the file is closed.

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision):

The SIU is a civilian agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or an allegation 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 investigations to the Attorney General.

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