RCMP to re­view in­ves­ti­ga­tion into ho­tel chute death in 2015

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

The RCMP is now re­view­ing the Regina po­lice depart­ment’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the death of a 29-year-old who plunged 10 storeys down a ho­tel laun­dry chute.

Regina po­lice spokes­woman El­iz­a­beth Popowich says in an email that Chief Evan Bray made a public com­mit­ment to the fam­ily of Na­dine Machiskinic that his depart­ment would wel­come an in­de­pen­dent re­view.

Popowich says there was no or­der for the Regina ser­vice to do more with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, but she says Bray “felt strongly that if an in­de­pen­dent re­view could give the fam­ily some com­fort and help them move for­ward, he would help make it hap­pen.”

Machiskinic was found at the bot­tom of the chute at Regina’s Delta Ho­tel in Jan­uary 2015.

A fa­tal­ity in­quest jury found it could not de­ter­mine the cause of her death.

Machiskinic’s fam­ily, in­clud­ing her aunt Delores Steven­son, asked the prov­ince’s jus­tice min­is­ter to or­der a new in­ves­ti­ga­tion, but was turned down.

Machiskinic’s fam­ily has ques­tioned how she fit through the open­ing of the laun­dry chute, which was only 53 cen­time­tres wide, and why it took po­lice 60 hours to launch an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Tox­i­col­ogy ex­pert Chris Keddy tes­ti­fied at the in­quiry that be­cause Machiskinic was a long-time drug user and had a high tol­er­ance, she would have still been mo­bile and ca­pa­ble of climb­ing into the laun­dry chute on her own.

The in­quest heard blood tests showed Machiskinic had al­co­hol and a mix of methadone and three other drugs in her sys­tem, as well as high lev­els of sleep­ing med­i­ca­tion.

An empty bot­tle of pre­scrip­tion sleep­ing pills was found along with her body.

Bray has ad­mit­ted mis­takes were made in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, but says he’s con­fi­dent in the po­lice force’s find­ings and doesn’t be­lieve they were bi­ased.

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