Fatality Review Board to decide if public inquiry will be held into Remand death

The Fatality Review Board will decide if a public inquiry is needed into the death of a Red Deer Remand Centre prisoner.

The Fatality Review Board will decide if a public inquiry is needed into the death of a Red Deer Remand Centre prisoner.

Alberta Justice spokeswoman Jill McKenzie said the board is reviewing the case of Terrence Douglas Poulton, 49, who died on Jan. 21 inside a cell after being arrested a few hours earlier.

It’s uncertain when the review will be done.

McKenzie said a public fatality inquiry isn’t always mandatory in the case of someone who has died in custody.

Under the Fatality Inquiries Act, the board can decide against holding an inquiry if it’s satisfied the death was due to natural causes and unpreventable, and that the public would not be served by a public inquiry; or that there was no meaningful connection between the death and the nature or quality of care or supervision that was provided.

A Calgary medical examiner’s autopsy report revealed that Poulton died of atherosclerotic and hypertensive cardiovascular disease, and that the prescription painkiller oxycodone may have contributed to his death.

Atherosclerotic and hypertensive cardiovascular disease is the most common cause of sudden and unexpected death. The autopsy report said that narrowed coronary arteries can increase the risk of an abnormal heart rhythm, heart attack and sudden death.

The report further said that emergency medical services was called to Poulton’s cell but resuscitation was unsuccessful.

Poulton was arrested after police found him intoxicated in a snow bank near a road, the report said. It also showed that the oxycodone, which has a brand name of OxyContin, was higher than expected for the prescribed dose.

This may have resulted in him appearing intoxicated.

If an inquiry is recommended, a date will be scheduled and placed on the Alberta Justice website.

The board is appointed and is composed of a lawyer, a physician and a layperson. The chief medical examiner is also a member of the board but cannot vote on any matter before it.

Judges presiding over fatality inquiries may make recommendations for the prevention of similar incidents but can’t make any findings of legal responsibility.

ltester@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

Scares and chills await at haunted house in Red Deer

Zed Haunted House helps raise money for Boys and Girls Club of Red Deer District

PHOTO: Renewable Energy Fair at Red Deer College

The Renewable Energy Fair and Workshops event was held at Red Deer… Continue reading

PHOTOS: Red Deer College Queens host third annual Pink in the Rink game

Queens raised $12,035 for the Central Alberta Cancer Centre.

PHOTOS: The Mustard Seed CEO speaks at Seeds of Hope Gala in Red Deer

The first-ever Seeds of Hope Gala was held at the Red Deer… Continue reading

Person airlifted to hospital after collision near Innisfail

One person was airlifted to hospital after a serious collision west of… Continue reading

WATCH: Make-A-Wish grants Star Wars loving teen’s wish

The Make-A-Wish Foundation granted Anakin Suerink’s wish in Red Deer Saturday afternoon

Turkey to reveal details of probe into Khashoggi’s killing

ISTANBUL — In a sign of growing pressure on Saudi Arabia, Turkey… Continue reading

Utah truck driver is jailed without bond after crash kills 6

HEBER, Utah — A man suspected of driving under the influence remained… Continue reading

A ragged, growing army of migrants resumes march toward US

TAPACHULA, Mexico — A ragged army of Honduran migrants streamed through southern… Continue reading

Postal workers to begin strikes in 4 Canadian cities Monday if deal not reached

OTTAWA — The union representing 50,000 Canada Post employees says it will… Continue reading

Migrant caravan swells to 5,000, resumes advance toward US

CIUDAD HIDALGO, Mexico — Despite Mexican efforts to stop them at the… Continue reading

“I don’t feel real”: Mental stress mounting after Michael

PANAMA CITY, Fla. — Amy Cross has a hard time explaining the… Continue reading

Toronto residents set to vote Monday on the next four years of civic leaders

Toronto’s municipal election campaign, marked by unprecedented provincial interference, ends Monday when… Continue reading

Former PQ minister Lise Payette remembered as role model for female politicians

MONTREAL — Members from across Quebec’s political spectrum gathered at a downtown… Continue reading

Most Read