Inquiry into murder suicide involving Afghan veteran to begin early next year
The long-awaited fatality inquiry into the death of an Afghan war veteran who killed his family and himself in rural Nova Scotia is expected to begin early next year - more than two years after the killings.
Renovations to a municipal building in Guysborough, N.S., are expected to be completed by the end of this month, said Jennifer Stairs, a spokeswoman for the judiciary.
“We understand this an extensive and complex process,’’ she said in a statement. “However, it is important that we take the time to plan and prepare now, to ensure the inquiry proceeds as smoothly as possible once it starts hearing evidence.’’
When provincial court Judge Warren Zimmer was appointed to lead the inquiry in July, Stairs had said the hearings were expected to start later in the year.
She said crews are still working on the hearing room and hooking up recording equipment for video conferencing and live-streaming capabilities.
“Renovations were required to ensure the space meets the needs of the judge, counsel and others expected to participate,’’ she said, adding that the work didn’t get started until the fall because the province had to negotiate a lease with the municipality.
As well, the provincial Justice Department didn’t issue a tender for live-streaming services until this week.