New jail cell death inquest scheduled for fall

PENTICTON - A new date is set for a coroner’s inquest of a man who died in a police holding cell nearly two years ago.

Steven Joseph Scott, aged 30, died Aug. 10, 2012 while in locked-up custody at the Penticton RCMP detachment. Inquests — a public presentation of evidence related to a death — are almost always mandatory under the Coroners Act for people who die while in police custody.

The inquest, originally scheduled for Feb. 2014, was pushed back to allow other investigations to be complete. The inquest is now scheduled for Nov. 3, 2014 at the Penticton courthouse.

Larry Marzinzik, presiding coroner and a jury will hear evidence from witnesses about the death. The jury will be allowed to make recommendations on preventing related deaths in the future.

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