Fatality Inquiry held at court house
A Fatality Inquiry was held for two Drumheller Institution inmates who took their lives, three years ago.
The Inquiry was held from May 1-3 at the provincial court house in Drumheller in front of Provincial Court Judge E.J. Creighton.
Earl William Davenport, 56, was discovered deceased, hanging in his cell on January 26, 2015. Davenport was serving an indeterminate sentence that commenced in 1987 for the firstdegree murder of his brother’s estranged wife, and the seconddegree murder of her pregnant friend.
Just two days later on, January 28, 2015, Martin Nathan Pinkus, 47, was also discovered hanging in a segregation cell. He was serving a sentence for second-degree murder, aggravated assault and assault causing bodily harm. His sentence commenced in 1999.
While the two inquiries are being held at the same time, they are not believed to be connected.
A Fatality Inquiry is held when a person dies while they are detained in a correctional facility. Its aim is to identify the circumstances of the fatality and the board may make recommendations on how to prevent similar incidents. A Fatality Inquiry does not make any findings of legal responsibility.