Public inquest slated into inmate’s death

Kevin Cuthbertson was found dead in his cell at Matsqui Institution in Abbotsford on March 25, 2012.

  • Dec. 7, 2013 8:00 p.m.

The BC Coroners Service has announced that a public inquest will be held into the death of Kevin Neil Cuthbertson.

The inquest will begin Feb. 11 at 9 a.m. at the Coroners Court in Burnaby.

Cuthbertson, 32, died on March 25, 2012 after being found unresponsive in his cell at Matsqui Institution in Abbotsford by his cellmate.

Presiding coroner Tara Devine and a jury will hear evidence from subpoenaed witnesses to determine the facts surrounding this death.

While the jury may not, by law, make any findings of legal responsibility, it will have the opportunity to make recommendations aimed at preventing deaths under similar circumstances in the future.

At the time of his death, Cuthbertson was serving a three-year two-month sentence for unauthorized possession of a firearm and possession of a weapon contrary to prohibition order.