Public inquest set for death of Morris Ermine

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A public inquest has been set for the case of a man who died two years ago after being found unresponsive in a Prince Albert police cell.

Morris Ermine, 77, was found unresponsive in his cell at the Prince Albert Police Service headquarters on July 19, 2012. He was subsequently transported to a hospital in Saskatoon, where he was pronounced dead later that day.

The inquest into Ermine’s death has been scheduled for Aug. 11-15 at 10 a.m. at the Prince Albert Court of Queen’s Bench.

According to provincial legislation, the Chief Coroner must hold an inquest into the death of anyone who dies while an inmate at a jail or correctional facility, unless the coroner is satisfied that the person’s death was due entirely to natural causes and not preventable.

The Office of the Chief Coroner is responsible for investigating all sudden, unexpected deaths. Besides establishing who died, when and how, as well as the medical cause and manner of death, the coroner’s jury may make recommendations to prevent similar deaths in the future.

Coroner Tim Hawryluk of Saskatoon will preside at the inquest.

Organizations: Prince Albert

Geographic location: Saskatoon

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