Tuesday, March 20, 2012

March 20, 2012


A date has been set for a hearing to determine who can participate at an upcoming inquest into the death of 32-year-old Donald Ray Moose.
Moose, a resident of the Headingley Correctional Centre, died on Oct. 2, 2009, at the Grace General Hospital.  He was taken there by ambulance when staff at the centre noticed he was disoriented, had trouble breathing and didn’t fully respond to glucose given to address his diabetes.  In hospital, he suffered two cardiac arrests.  Prolonged attempts to resuscitate him failed and he was pronounced dead.
An autopsy concluded that Moose’s death was accidental, the result of an amatriptyline overdose with heart disease being a significant condition contributing to his death.
Under the Fatality Inquiries Act, inquests are mandatory for the deaths of some people in custody including this death.  Inquests explore the circumstances and events leading to deaths to determine what, if anything, could be done to help prevent similar deaths from occurring in the future.
Before the inquest can begin, the judge will decide who can question and call witnesses by having standing at the inquest.  People who want to have standing should contact the Crown attorney and attend the hearing on that issue set for:
1 p.m., April 3
Courtroom 405, Law Courts complex
408 York Ave., Winnipeg
Dates for the actual inquest will be set following this hearing.
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Those interested in applying for standing should contact Crown attorney Paula Leslie, 204-945-2852.

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