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News Release

Man Identified in London Custody Death

Case Number: 10-OCD-254

Mississauga (29 November, 2010) --- Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is continuing its investigation into the death of 55-year-old Mario Hamel of London on November 25, 2010, while he was in police custody.

  • A post-mortem examination was completed on November 26, 2010.  The results will be forthcoming.
  • To date SIU investigators have interviewed four witness officers.
Anyone who may have information regarding this case is asked to contact the Unit at 416-622-0748 or 1-800-787-8529.

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, 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