OCC Inquest - Harpell 2019
Verdict of Coroner's Jury
Office of the Chief Coroner
The Coroners Act - Province of Ontario
Given name(s): Christine
Held at: 97 Thomas St E Napanee
From: Aug. 7, 2019
To: Aug. 8, 2019
By: Dr. Geoffrey Bond
having been duly sworn/affirmed, have inquired into and determined the following:
Name of deceased: Christine Harpell
Date and time of death: February 10, 2017 at 2:07 a.m.
Place of death: Lennox and Addington County General Hospital
Cause of death: Acute methamphetamine toxicity
By what means: Accident
(Original signed by: Foreperson)
The verdict was received on August 8, 2019
Coroner's name: Dr. Geoffrey Bond
(Original signed by coroner)
We, the jury, wish to make the following recommendations:
Inquest into the death of:
- Quinte Detention Centre to consider retrofit segregation cell doors with window openings large enough to give full view of the inmate with consideration of a wide angle lens to reduce blind spots.
- Ministry of the Solicitor General to consider 24 hour nursing coverage within the provincial detention institutions.
- Ministry of the Attorney General to consider increasing the use of video remands.