August 5, 2014 6:21 pm
Updated: August 5, 2014 6:22 pm

Inquest to probe death of Saskatchewan inmate

Inquest to examine death of man found unresponsive in Saskatchewan cell.

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PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. – A public inquest will be held next week into the death of an elderly man who was found dead in his cell in a Saskatchewan police station.

Morris Ermine, 77, was found unresponsive in his cell at the Prince Albert Police Service on July 19, 2012.

The province says he was taken to hospital in Saskatoon and was pronounced dead later that day.

Provincial legislation requires the chief coroner hold an inquest when an inmate dies in custody, unless the coroner is satisfied the person died of natural causes or the death couldn’t have been prevented.

Coroner Tim Hawryluk of Saskatoon will preside at the inquest, which will be held at the Prince Albert Court of Queen’s Bench.

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