Public Safety

Coroner's inquest scheduled (09/11/05)

NB 1746

Nov. 5, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - An inquest into the death of Stanley English will take place Nov. 16-20 in Woodstock, at 689 Main St.

English, 46, died on Sept. 20, 2008, at the Saint John Regional Hospital, from injuries received during the course of his employment at a woodlands operation in Canterbury.

Presiding coroner Linda Hanselpacker and a jury will publicly hear evidence from subpoenaed witnesses in order to determine the facts surrounding the death. The jury will have the opportunity to make recommendations aimed at preventing deaths under similar circumstances in the future.

The New Brunswick Coroner Services is an independent fact-finding agency that investigates sudden and unexpected deaths to ensure that no such death is overlooked, concealed or ignored. Changes to the Coroner's Act were implemented last year as part of a government commitment to have mandatory inquests into workplace deaths. As a result, an inquest will be held when a fatality occurs at or in a woodland operation, sawmill, lumber processing plant, food processing plant, fish processing plant, construction project site, or mining site (including a pit or quarry).

A coroner's investigation may result in a full investigation and formal report of the coroner's findings, or in an inquest - an independent public hearing involving a jury and the examination of witnesses.

The coroner does not attempt to assign responsibility or blame for a death. The report of an investigation or inquest determines the identity of the deceased, and clarifies the facts and circumstances of the death.


MEDIA CONTACT: Lisa Harrity, communications, Department of Public Safety, 506-453-4433.