Two public inquests will be held in connection with the deadly attack in Saskatchewan that shocked the nation.
The Chief Coroner of Saskatchewan, Canada, has announced plans to hold two public hearings. stabbing spree Earlier this month, 12 people were killed, including the alleged attacker, and more than a dozen were injured.
inside Press conference On Wednesday, Saskatchewan Coroner’s Clive Weihill said an inquiry would be held into the deaths of 11 people killed on Sept. 4 in James Smith Cree Nation and the nearby village of Weldon.
of attack About 200 miles (320 kilometers) north of Regina, Saskatchewan’s capital, Aboriginal communities and nearby villages have witnessed some of the worst mob violence in Canada’s history.
Another inquest is opened in the death of the prime suspect, Miles Sanderson. murdered in police custody Weighill said after days of manhunting.
“The events that occurred require a thorough and methodical investigation,” he told reporters.
An official with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in Saskatchewan told reporters on Sept. 7 that Sanderson was in “medical distress” shortly after being arrested by officers after being chased on the highway. rice field.
However, despite questions from Canadian media and other observers, police have not released any further information about the exact circumstances of his death.
Weihill said Wednesday that “police and coroners are in the early stages of an investigation” — the process he said includes toxicology results, pathology and autopsy results, and the completion of police investigations. be
“As you know, an inquest cannot be held until the investigation is complete,” Weihill said, adding that an inquest could take place in the late spring or early summer of 2023.
He said the jury would be presented with evidence of what had happened and that the inquest, including the jury’s recommendations, would be open to the public and the media. It is my intention to compose,” he said.
Meanwhile, the James Smith Cree Nation, an indigenous community of about 1,900 people living on the reserve, joke in attack.
“Where do I start? Or where do I start? There are no words to underscore the emotions we are going through these last few days,” James Smith Cree Nation chief Wally Barnes said earlier this month. told reporters.
Ten local residents were found dead, including Sanderson’s brother Damien, who had previously been wanted by police as a stabbing suspect and was found guilty of first-degree murder in connection with a spree. Another person was killed at Weldon.
Asked whether Damien Sanderson was now considered a victim since he was included in the inquest into the 11 fatalities on Sept. I haven’t,” he said Wednesday.
“We believe that everything that happened happened on September 4th, so as coroners we are authorized to combine all these multiple deaths into one hearing,” he said. .
Canadian media reported that Miles Sanderson had a history of violence, often exacerbated when drunk.
In May, he was listed as “illegally fugitive” after he stopped seeing parole officers after being legally released from prison.The Canadian government said it had an independent inquiry into its parole decision. I’m here.
At a press conference Wednesday, Weihill said preliminary results of Miles Sanderson’s autopsy had found no “blunt trauma that caused his death.”
“This is very tentative, but it’s the best I can do at this point,” the chief coroner said. “It shows that there was no outside pressure that would have caused his death.”