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SIU Terminates Investigation into Falling Death of Woman in London

Numéro du dossier: 18-OCD-207

Mississauga, ON (16 août 2018) ---
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.

L’UES est un organisme indépendant qui enquête sur des rapports d’incidents impliquant des policiers et qui ont causé la mort ou une blessure grave, ou qui comportent des allégations d’agression sexuelle. En vertu de la Loi sur les services policiers, le directeur de l’UES est tenu :

  • de déterminer si un policier a commis un acte criminel lié à l’incident faisant l’objet de l’enquête;
  • compte tenu des éléments de preuve, de déposer une accusation au criminel contre le policier, le cas échéant, ou de fermer le dossier sans déposer un chef d’accusation;
  • de faire rapport des résultats de toute enquête au procureur général.

Read this news release in English.

SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
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