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2 men charged in 2023 death of inmate at Niagara Detention Centre

Photo of the Niagara Detention Centre in Thorold, Ont. Police say they are investigating the death of inmate. Google Maps

Two men at the Niagara Detention Centre have been charged in connection with a late spring suspicious death at the jail last year.

Niagara Regional Police say the men are connected with a June 10 incident in which officers were called to the centre on a Saturday at 6:30 a.m. to assist an EMS team.

Officers found a 52-year-old man in his cell without vital signs. He would be pronounced dead in hospital a short time later.

The Niagara police homicide unit says a 39-year-old man from St. Catharines and a 19-year-old from Welland are each now facing second-degree murder charges.

Detectives say the probe into the death is ongoing despite having laid charges.

Ontario’s Ministry of the Solicitor General says that office and the province’s coroner are also involved in the investigation.

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