In­quiry into mur­der sui­cide in­volv­ing Afghan vet­eran to be­gin early next year

Cape Breton Post - - PROVINCE/CAPE BRETON -

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.

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