Fa­tal­ity In­quiry held at court house

The Drumheller Mail - - AROUND TOWN - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

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.

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