Ministry of the
Solicitor General

OCC Inquest - MacDonald 2019

Office of the Chief Coroner

Verdict of Coroner's Jury

Office of the Chief Coroner

The Coroners Act - Province of Ontario


Surname: MacDonald
Given name(s): John James “Jimmy”
Age: 55

Held at: Napanee
From: April 30, 2019
To: May 1, 2019
By: Dr. Bob Reddoch
having been duly sworn/affirmed, have inquired into and determined the following:

Name of deceased: John James MacDonald
Date and time of death:  July 27, 2015 at 6:32 p.m.
Place of death: Kingston General Hospital
Cause of death: Hemorrhage from laceration of the spleen due to blunt force trauma
By what means: Homicide

(Original signed by: Foreperson)


The verdict was received on May 1, 2019
Coroner's name: Dr. Bob Reddoch
(Original signed by coroner)


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


Inquest into the death of:

John James MacDonald


Jury Recommendations

To the Correctional Service of Canada

  1. During the review of camera positioning at Collins Bay Institution, consider whether specific locations, such as the sports equipment room should be subject to surveillance.
  2. Perform regular audits of hourly officer patrols to ensure they are being done at random times to prevent predictability.