Ministry of Justice, Families Sector, Vancouver Coast & Mountains Region

BC Coroners Service announces inquest into jail death

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Families Friday, February 1, 2013 11:44 AM


VICTORIA - The BC Coroners Service has announced an inquest into the death of Roland Joseph Bourque.

Mr. Bourque, aged 69, was an inmate at the North Fraser Pre-trial Centre in Port Coquitlam when he died on the morning of April 3, 2012. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Presiding coroner Vincent Stancato and a jury will hear evidence from subpoenaed witnesses to determine the facts surrounding this death. While the jury may not, by law, make any findings of legal responsibility, it will have the opportunity to make recommendations aimed at preventing deaths under similar circumstances in the future.

An inquest is a formal process that allows for public presentation of evidence relating to a death.

No date has yet been set for this inquest. An announcement will be made once a date has been finalized.

For further information, please contact:

Barb McLintock
Coroner, Strategic Programs
BC Coroners Service
250 356-9253 or 250 213-5020

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