Public Safety

Coroner's inquest into death of Derrick Phillip Urwin (10/05/28)

NB 827

May 28, 2010

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The inquest into the death of Derrick Phillip Urwin will be held June 21-25, Chief Coroner Gregory Forestell announced today. Urwin, 36, died on Sept. 6, 2007, while in custody at the Moncton Detention Centre.

The inquest will take place at Université de Moncton, Pavillon Adrien-J. Cormier, Room 142, 409 University Ave., Moncton. Forestell will serve as presiding coroner. He 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 Service is an independent fact-finding agency that investigates all sudden and unexpected deaths, to ensure that no such deaths are overlooked, concealed or ignored. An inquest is a formal court proceeding that allows for public presentation of all evidence relating to a death. The coroner does not attempt to assign responsibility or blame for a death.


MEDIA CONTACT: Meghan Cumby, communications, Department of Public Safety, 506-444-5267.