Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Robinson inquest begins in Prince Rupert
The coroner's inquest into the April 2014 deaths of Angie and Robert Robinson has begun at the Prince Rupert Courthouse, as Coroner Michael Egilson and the coroner's jury selected to review the details of the case began hearing the first of what will be a week of testimony.
The Coroner's jury will review the events of April and hear testimony from relatives and those in the community who knew both members of the Robinson family. The tragic nature of their deaths has already led to increased calls for better services and attention to issues that families with autistic children and other special needs face across the province.
One interested spectator in Monday's proceedings was North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice, who missed the first day of the fall session of the Legislature to be in attendance for the first day of the inquest.
The MLA has raised the Robinson's case in the Legislature a number of times in the past year in Victoria.
The coroner's jury will be tasked with examining the facts and background surrounding the Robinson's deaths. The findings from their week in Prince Rupert will provide for recommendations for future consideration to help to prevent similar deaths stemming from social factors such as those in place in the case of the Robinson's.
The public inquest was announced in April of this year, some background related to the decision to hold it can be found here.
Through the week, we will recap some of the events from the inquest, using a range of media sources, both local and provincial. Those observations from the inquest can be found below.
Follow Up stories on the inquest
MLA's Rice and Donaldson raise Robinson inquest results at the Legislature NCR
Provincial Ministry receives bulk of Robinson Coroner's inquest recommendations NCR
Coroner's inquest recommendations (video)
The system failed them
Week-long inquest hears tragic tale of Angie and Robert Robinson
Coroner's inquest delivers 25 recommendations after five days of review NCR
25 recommendations made in deaths of autistic boy and his mom
Murder-Suicide Inquest: Angie Robinson terrible choice leads to 24 recommendations for change
Coroner's inquest releases recommendations (audio)
BC Coroner's jury makes 25 recommendations in deaths of autistic boy and mom
B. C. mom who killed autistic son and herself lacked support, oversight by child services: Inquest inquiry
25 recommendations released after inquest into Prince Rupert murder-suicide
Coroner's Inquest jury to provide conclusions and recommendations (video)
Coroner's jury mulls evidence in deaths of autistic boy and mom from Prince Rupert
Why did a Prince Rupert mother kill her autistic son? (audio)
Murder-suicide inquest: Angie Robinson faced terrible choice
Day Four of Robinson Inquest (video)
Day Three of Robinson inquest (video)
Day Two of Robinson inquest in Prince Rupert (video)
Robert and Angie Robinson inquest reveals domestic abuse
Inquest testimony details incident that led to Mother's breaking point
Inquest hears from RCMP
Inquest begins into murder-suicide of mother and son with autism
Inquest testimony details struggles of family affected by autism
Inquest hears autism services lacking in Northern BC (audio)
Prince Rupert Coroner's Inquest Day One (video)
Update: Findings from the Coroner's Inquest posted to the Coroner's Office website Monday, October 5, 2015.
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