OCC Inquest - McKenzie 2016

Office of the Chief Coroner

Verdict of Coroner's Jury

Office of the Chief Coroner

The Coroners Act - Province of Ontario


Surname: McKenzie
Given Name(s): Shawn
Age: 24

Held at: Napanee, Ontario
From: September 22
To: September 23, 2016
By: Dr. David Eden, Coroner for Ontario
having been duly sworn/affirmed, have inquired into and determined the following:

Name of deceased: Shawn McKenzie
Date and time of death: July 22, 2013 at 10:44 pm
Place of death: Kingston General Hospital
Cause of death: Stab wound to the chest
By what means: Homicide

(Original signed by: Foreperson and Jurors)


The verdict was received on September 23, 2016
Coroner's name: Dr. David Eden
(Original signed by coroner)


We, the jury, wish to make the following recommendations:


Inquest into the death of:

Shawn McKenzie


Jury Recommendations

  1. Corrections Services of Canada (CSC) implement video surveillance in the kitchen area on ranges located in Collins Bay Institute.
  2. CSC will continue to work within their organization and with other relevant partners to make changes to the culture within the institution to prevent inmate violence.
  3. CSC should consider creating quality assurance control checks to ensure best practices in regards to the monitoring of inmates.
  4. CSC should consider the addition of random security patrols during high inmate activity time, such as weekends and evenings, in order to improve the dynamic security and monitoring of inmate's activities.