New dates set for in­quest into teen’s death

Regina Leader-Post - - CITY + REGION - With files from Han­nah Spray, Saska­toon StarPhoenix

SASKA­TOON The Saskatchewan gov­ern­ment has an­nounced dates for a pre­vi­ously post­poned in­quest into the death of a 17-year-old res­i­dent of a se­cure-cus­tody youth fa­cil­ity in Saska­toon.

Ti­mothy Unger was liv­ing at Kil­burn Hall Youth Cen­tre when he was taken to hos­pi­tal and pro­nounced dead in the early morn­ing hours of July 30, 2015.

In a 2015 in­ter­view with The Saska­toon StarPhoenix, his mother said Unger, who was as­so­ci­ated with a Saska­toon street gang, was taken into cus­tody a few days be­fore his death af­ter he went on the run while he was sup­posed to be tak­ing a court-or­dered drug treat­ment pro­gram in the com­mu­nity. Prior to that, he was in cus­tody at Kil­burn Hall for a se­ries of rob­beries.

Ac­cord­ing to his mother, he begged staff to take him to the hos­pi­tal in the hours be­fore his death.

“The night be­fore, (he) called me. He was talk­ing very, very fast and he told me, ‘Mom, I’ve been up for 12 days. I don’t feel good. I asked them to take me to hos­pi­tal and they won’t.’ ”

She said her son was on pre­scrip­tion med­i­ca­tion and she be­lieves he took street drugs prior to his death. Early that day, he was taken to Royal Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal, where he was pro­nounced dead.

A pub­lic in­quest was sched­uled to take place in June, but had to be resched­uled. The in­quest is now sched­uled for Nov. 27 to Dec. 1 at Saska­toon Court of Queen’s Bench.

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