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News Release

SIU Discontinues Sudbury Investigation as Man’s Broken Hand a Result of Punching Wall

Case Number: 20-OCI-241

Mississauga, ON (30 October, 2020) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained by a 22-year-old man last month in Sudbury.

On September 26, 2020, the man was arrested by members of the Greater Sudbury Police Service (GSPS) for uttering threats and assault. He was subsequently taken to GSPS holding cells where he was lodged. At approximately 2:50 p.m. the following day, the man was escorted to another room where he learned, through a video conference, that he had just been remanded in custody. Shortly after, the man punched a wall inside the video conference room. He was taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with a broken right metacarpal.

Director Martino said, “Based on the SIU’s preliminary inquiries, which included a review of video recordings taken of the man’s time in custody, it is evident that the man is alone to blame for his broken hand. On this record, as there is patently nothing to further investigate regarding the potential criminal liability of any police officer in connection with the man’s fracture, the investigation is hereby discontinued and the file is closed.”

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