Thursday, August 19, 2021

BC Coroners Service to conduct inquest into death of Terrace man in 2016

The death of a Terrace man five years ago during the course of a police involved incident in that community will be the subject of a Coroners Inquest. 

In an  announcement today, the Coroners Service outlined  that a review of the circumstances related to the death of Nicolas Allan Jeppsen will take place starting on August 30th.

A report from the Independent Investigation Office released in August of 2018 outlined some of the background to the  incident of the time, which saw the subject end his life during the interaction with Police at the Terrace Hospital

The Coroners proceedings will take place at the Terrace Sportsplex on Kalum Street.

The death of the 29 year old Terrace resident was reported to the BC Coroners Service on August 18th of 2016 following the police involved incident. 

Under Section 18(2) of the Coroners Act, inquests are mandatory for any deaths that occur while a person was detained by, or in the custody of a peace officer. 

In the announcement of the Coroners Inquest, the province outlined the scope of the process to take place at the end of the month.

Susan Barth, presiding coroner, and a jury will hear evidence from witnesses under oath to determine the facts surrounding this death. 

The jury will have the opportunity to make recommendations aimed at preventing deaths under similar circumstances. 

A jury must not make any finding of legal responsibility or express any conclusion of law.

The inquest will be live streamed by the Corners Service, though there are specific guidelines that must be followed for those who participate in the online session.

Notes on past and present work of Emergency Responders in the Northwest can be explored here.

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