A public inquest into the deaths of three mental health patients who each died shortly after leaving Abbotsford Regional Hospital has been delayed.
The inquest was scheduled to begin May 16th but the BC Coroners Service says new information has come to light and they are concerned about the availability of some key witnesses.
The jury inquest will make recommendations to prevent future similar deaths.
At the time of the deaths, Coroner Barb McLintock released the following statement.
“Three cases that in some way seem to be unrelated. They didn’t die in the same place or the same time, but all three of them had been very recently, like within the last 48 hours leading up to thier deaths, been patients being treated for their mental health issues.”
“We’re now allowed under our legislation to hold a single inquest in cases like that where the issues are similar enough even though they’re different incidents, that it could be valuable to hold one inquest, look at them as a system, and perhaps get a jury to make some very good recommendation.”
In a release, Coroner Donita Kuzma says they needed to ensure that all of the information necessary for a thorough review of the circumstances of these deaths is available to the jury and participants.
No new date has been set yet for the inquest into the deaths of 30-year-old Brian David Geisheimer, 19-year-old Sebastien Pavit Abdi and 41-year-old Sarah Louise Charles.