Coroner’s inquest next week

A coroner’s inquest will take place next week into the death of Brandt Jason Zimmer, who passed away in Kelowna.

  • Aug. 10, 2012 5:00 a.m.

A coroner’s inquest will take place next week into the death of Brandt Jason Zimmer.

Zimmer, 40, died in the emergency ward of Kelowna General Hospital on Aug. 15, 2010.

He was in police custody, having been taken to hospital by officers shortly after his arrest at a Kelowna amusement centre.

It is mandatory that an inquest be held into the death of anyone who dies while in police custody.

Presiding coroner Norm Leibel and a jury will hear evidence from subpoenaed witnesses to determine the facts surrounding this death. While the jury may not, by law, make any findings of legal responsibility, it will have the opportunity to make recommendations aimed at preventing deaths under similar circumstances in the future.

An inquest is a formal process that allows for public presentation of evidence relating to a death.