FREDERICTON (GNB) – The Office of the Chief Coroner announced today that an inquest into the death of Derek James Whalen has been scheduled for Oct. 17-21 at the Saint John Law Courts, 10 Peel Plaza.
Whalen died on May 3, 2020, following an incident at the Southeast Regional Correctional Centre in Shediac.
Presiding coroner Michael Johnston and a jury will hear evidence from witnesses to determine the facts surrounding this death. The jury will have the opportunity to make recommendations aimed at preventing deaths under similar circumstances in the future.
An inquest is a formal court proceeding that allows for the public presentation of all evidence relating to a death. The New Brunswick Coroner Service is an independent fact-finding agency that may not make any finding of legal responsibility.
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