The first-degree murder trial of city woman Kaela Mehl in the death of her 18-month-old daughter is continuing this week at Victoria Law Courts. Victoria News files

Coroner’s inquest due for 2016 death of man in Saanich

Andre Claude Boucher died shortly after he was found unresponsive in Saanich Police custody

Authorities are looking into what caused the death of a man who took ill while in custody of the Saanich Police in the summer of 2016.

The B.C. Coroners Service has announced it a public inquest into the death of Andre Claude Boucher, who became unresponsive while in police custody on July 28 of 2016.

Boucher was initially brought in by Saanich Police for public intoxication.

Boucher was transported to Victoria General Hospital, where he died in early August.

As he was found unresponsive in police custody, the chief coroner has directed that an inquest be held. It will begin on May 14 at the Victoria law courts.

Boucher, aged 60 at the time of his death, was taken into custody and placed in a police cell after Saanich police responded to a complaint on the evening of July 27, 2016.

B.C. Coroners Service is looking to gather the facts surrounding why a death took place, and is not a fault-finding agency.

reporter@saanichnews.com

Just Posted

Sooke zoning bylaw debate devolves into tearful accusations

Mayor Maja Tait stresses bylaw is not about a single business

Road win moves Wolverines into third place

Sooke squad heads to Nanaimo for weekend tournament

EDITORIAL: Safe water should trump traffic plan

Emergency Malahat route through Sooke watershed a non-starter

B.C. storm totals $37M in insured damages

The December storm wreaked havoc on B.C.’s south coast

Giant rotating ice disk forms in Maine river

Ice disk that is roughly 100 yards wide has formed in the Presumpscot River

Condo rental bans on way out with B.C. empty home tax

Many exemptions to tax, but annual declarations required

Canucks rookie Elias Pettersson ‘feeling good’ after knee injury

Pettersson said he wasn’t feeling any pain during Wednesday’s skate

UPDATE: Liberal bows out of byelection after singling out Jagmeet Singh’s race

Karen Wang says she made comments online that referenced Singh’s cultural background

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Jan. 15

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Ratfish generates social media buzz on Vancouver Island

Boneless, glowing creature a common bycatch, but it usually stays in deep waters – fish expert

Tilray announces multimillion-dollar deal with U.S. marketing company

Nanaimo-based cannabis producer to partner with Authentic Brands Group

Environmental fixes needed over personal agendas

Re: CRD directors demand declaration of climate emergency (Online, Jan. 14) Sooke… Continue reading

Thieves steal thousands from 140 Coast Capital Savings members

Online fraud tactics included phising and ‘brute force’ in November and December

Most Read