Fam­ily glad RCMP re­view­ing Regina po­lice

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

REGINA — The aunt of a woman who died af­ter fall­ing down a ho­tel laun­dry chute says she’s grate­ful that RCMP are re­view­ing the Regina po­lice de­part­ment’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the death.

But Delores Steven­son says she doesn’t have a lot of con­fi­dence in the jus­tice sys­tem or in po­lice in­ves­ti­gat­ing po­lice. Steven­son’s niece, Na­dine Machiskinic was found at the bot­tom of the laun­dry chute at Regina’s Delta Ho­tel in Jan­uary 2015, but the jury at a coroner’s in­quest could not de­ter­mine the cause of her death.

Steven­son says there’s been a lack of com­mu­ni­ca­tion with Regina po­lice, ad­ding that she learned about the review from the RCMP.

She says it’s very hard to have faith when the re­la­tion­ship is bro­ken and there’s no trust or con­fi­dence in the jus­tice sys­tem. 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.

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