Day one of Whitstone coroner’s inquest Monday

Monday marks the first day of the coroner’s inquest into the death of Brydon Whitstone last fall in North Battleford.

The inquest will examine the circumstances surrounding the shooting death of Whitstone in an altercation with a member of the RCMP. The incident took place on Oct 21, 2017, at the intersection of 15th Avenue and 105th Street in North Battleford.

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Regina Police Service recently wrapped up the independent investigation into the incident, and it was determined no charges would be laid.

While much has already been reported of the incident, the inquest is expected to shed further light on what happened. It is scheduled to begin Monday morning at 10 a.m. at Queens Bench Court, Battleford, with coroner Robert Kennedy presiding.

The first order of business Monday is expected to be the seating of the six members of the jury.

Five days have been set aside for the inquest, from Dec. 3 to 7. While it is taking place in Queen’s Bench Court in front of a jury, it differs from trials in many respects as the main goal is not to assign liability, but to determine how someone died.

According to a news release from the province in November, “the purpose of an inquest is to establish who died, when and where that person died and the medical cause and manner of death. The coroner’s jury may make recommendations to prevent similar deaths.”

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