Inquest called into 2018 death of Kugluktuk man in police custody
Hearing into Austin Maniyogena’s death set for May 2 to 6
An inquest into the death of a Kugluktuk man nearly four years ago while in RCMP custody is scheduled for early May.
Austin Maniyogena, 22, died Sept. 19, 2018 in Yellowknife, N.W.T. after being flown there by air ambulance from Kugluktuk.
Maniyogena was being held in police custody at the time the incident occurred. An investigation was conducted by the Calgary Police Service following his death.
Nunavut’s chief coroner’s office will conduct the inquest, expected to run from May 2 to 6 at the Kugluktuk community hall.
The inquest is being held to explore circumstances surrounding the death of Maniyogena, and consider recommendations to prevent future deaths in similar circumstances, according to notice issued by the coroner’s office Monday.
Inquests are mandatory for deaths that occur while a person is in police custody, according to Nunavut’s Coroners Act. They do not determine the guilt or innocence of anyone involved in the incident.
The inquest will be led by coroner’s counsel Sheldon Toner and presided over by Nunavut chief coroner Khen Sagadraca.
Individuals wishing to participate can contact the Nunavut Coroner’s Office at 867-975-6318 or 867-975-6562.