PORT COQUITLAM — Roland Joseph Bourque died on the morning of April 2, 2012 at the North Fraser Pre-trial Centre in Port Coquitlam.
Now, the BC Coroners Service has called an inquest into the death of the 69-year-old inmate to find out exactly how he died.
No date has been set for the inquest, but an announcement will be made once one has been finalized.
According to a press release, 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.
Coroner Barb McLintock wouldn’t release the cause of death, but noted it was not natural.
There were reports at the time that Bourque’s death was a possible suicide.
His death was the first of two at the jail in 2012.
Last July, emergency crews were called to the prison after corrections staff found an inmate in his cell in medical distress.
The inmate was identified as David William Brodrick, 44.
Attempts were made to revive the man, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
IHIT was called in to investigate, while BC Corrections conducted a Critical Incident Review to examine the circumstances of the death.
No further details of the case have been released.
Work and safety conditions at the jail have come under increased attention following the death of the two inmates.
In October, WorkSafe BC agreed to inspect the jail as part of an assessment of all nine provincial jails.
The inspections are expected to take up to a year to complete.