Burnaby/Abbotsford – The BC Coroners Service has scheduled a public inquest into the death of Pierre Jean Dabe Lemaitre.
The inquest will begin November 19 at the Burnaby Coroners’ Court (20th Floor – 4720 Kingsway, Metrotower II, Metrotown, Burnaby).
Lemaitre was 55 years of age when he died on July 29, 2013, in Abbotsford. He was a 28-year veteran of the RCMP who died as a result of self-inflicted injuries. The Coroners Act permits the chief coroner to hold an inquest if the chief coroner has reason to believe that the public has an interest in being informed of the circumstances surrounding the death, or the death resulted from a dangerous practice or circumstance.
FYI Sgt. Pierre Lemaitre died from self-inflicted injuries in July 2013.
Lemaitre had been the RCMP spokesperson following the high-profile death of Robert Dziekanski at Vancouver International Airport.
After reviewing the information from the coroner’s investigation, the chief coroner directed this inquest to review the circumstances of Lemaitre’s death, and to explore whether there are opportunities for a jury to make recommendations that may prevent deaths in similar circumstances.
Presiding coroner Vincent Stancato, and a jury, will hear evidence from witnesses under oath to determine the facts surrounding this death. The jury will have the opportunity to make recommendations aimed at preventing deaths under similar circumstances. A jury must not make any finding of legal responsibility, or express any conclusion of law.