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Inquest scheduled into death of Peter de Groot

The inquest begins on May, 19, 2020, at 9:30 a.m. at the Rossland Courthouse.

The BC Coroners Service announced Wednesday dates in the public inquest into the death of Peter John de Groot.

The inquest begins on May, 19, 2020, at 9:30 a.m. at the Rossland Courthouse located at 2288 Columbia Ave.

The death of de Groot, 45, was reported to the BC Coroners Service on Oct. 13, 2014, following a police-involved incident at a cabin near Slocan.

Under Section 18(2) of the Coroners Act, inquests are mandatory for any deaths that occur while a person was detained by or in the custody of a peace officer.

The BC Coroners Service media release said presiding coroner Chico Newell and a jury will hear evidence from witnesses under oath to determine the facts surrounding this death.

"The jury will have the opportunity to make recommendations aimed at preventing deaths under similar circumstances," the media release said. "A jury must not make any finding of legal responsibility or express any conclusion of law."

BC Coroners Service said an inquest is a formal process that allows for public presentation of evidence relating to a death.

"The jury will certify the identity of the deceased and how, where, when and by what means death occurred," the media release said.

For more information on inquests the BC Coroners website.

The BC Coroners Service looks to gather the facts surrounding why a death took place. It is not a fault-finding agency. It provides an independent service to the family, community, government agencies and other organizations.

 

 

 

 

 

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