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Inmate found dead at Bowden prison

An inmate serving at Bowden Institution died after he was found unresponsive in his cell on Saturday.

Gerard Mallett, 62, was serving a two-year sentence for sexual assault. Mallett pleaded guilty to the charge on Oct. 31 and his sentence started on Dec. 20.

Corrections officers immediately performed CPR on Mallett. He was taken by ambulance to Innisfail Health Centre where he was pronounced dead at 2:16 p.m.

On Monday, Rita Wehrle, assistant warden management services at Bowden Institution, said she could not comment on the cause of death as an investigation is underway.

She said the institution was not placed on lockdown following the death.

“The death has not impacted on the normal routines of the institution,” Wehrle said.

As in all cases when a person dies in custody, the police and coroner were notified. Correctional Service of Canada will review the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Next of kin have been notified.

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