Released on February 4, 2020
A public inquest into the death of Curtis Cozart will be held February 24 to 28, 2020 at the Coronet Hotel 3551 2 Ave. West in Prince Albert.
The first day of the inquest is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., with remaining start times to be determined by the presiding coroner.
Cozart, 30, was found unresponsive in his cell at the Saskatchewan Penitentiary in Prince Albert on May 23, 2017. Lifesaving attempts were made with the Automated External Defibrillator and CPR. Cozart was taken to Victoria Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.
Section 20 of The Coroners Act, 1999 states that the Chief Coroner shall hold an inquest into the death of a person who dies while an inmate at a jail or a correctional facility, unless the coroner is satisfied that the person’s death was due entirely to natural causes and was not preventable.
The Saskatchewan Coroners Service is responsible for the investigation of all sudden, unexpected deaths.
The purpose of an inquest is to establish who died, when and where that person died and the medical cause and manner of death. The coroner’s jury may make recommendations to prevent similar deaths.
Coroner Tim Hawyrluk, Q.C. will preside at the inquest.
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