While rejecting any suggestion someone from his office deliberately deleted Roderick MacIsaac’s suicide note from his computer, the regional coroner for Vancouver Island admits his staff had concerns about violating the privacy of others mentioned in the document.
Matt Brown is responding to accusations made by the dead man’s sister in a letter she sent Premier Christy Clark demanding an independent public inquiry.
“Any time we uncover information with respect to a living person, we’re not able to share that publicly. We’re not able to disclose that publicly to anyone. That’s why names in that letter were exchanged with letters of the alphabet.”
Speaking with CKNW’s Jon McComb, Brown says no one from his office deleted the note and he’s confident police didn’t tamper with it either.
“I find that very difficult to consider that the police would be deleting anything from a laptop for the purposes of an independent coroner’s investigation.”
MacIsaac committed suicide in December 2012.
That was three months after he was fired without just cause as a health researcher with the BC government.
Brown says he doesn’t know why anyone would believe someone in his office deleted MacIsaac’s suicide note.
“He deleted an extensive amount of material in the days and weeks leading up to his death. Now, was this document within some of those elements that were deleted? I can’t say for sure but what I can say for sure, the Coroner involved in the investigation did not delete any item from the laptop, nor would the police officer delete anything from the laptop. Nor were they asked to delete anything.”
Brown says he still has a printed copy of the note written in the months after MacIsaac lost his job in 2012.
His body was found in his Saanich home in January 2013.
We later learned he never should have been fired.