Coroner's inquest set to examine teen's death at Kamloops hospital

KAMLOOPS - An inquest will look into the events that led up to death of a young man after he plummeted from the parkade at Royal Inland Hospital.

Jacob George Setah, 18, was committed involuntarily under the Mental Health Act on June 9, 2014. He was being held at the hospital when he fled from his ward on June 15 and ended up at the top of the parking garage.

Two Kamloops RCMP members attended the scene to try and coax Setah from the ledge of the parkade. An officer tasered him after he approached them, but Setah fled and lept from the structure. He later died from the injuries he sustained.

B.C.’s Independent Investigation Office examined the case and determined there was no cause to believe the officer committed an offence based on his actions.

A public inquest is different than an IIO investigation. An inquest is a formal examination and testimony under oath in front of a judge and jury. The jury will hear evidence from witnesses to determine facts on what led to Setah's death and make recommendations to prevent similar cases.

The inquest, announced today, March 1, by the B.C. Coroners Service, will take place at the Kamloops Law Courts on April 11, 2016.

Setah hailed from Hanceville, B.C., a hamlet near Williams Lake.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Glynn Brothen at gbrothen@infonews.ca or call 250-319-7494. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.


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