SAINT JOHN (GNB) – An inquest will be held into the death of Skyler Brent Sappier-Soloman who died at the Saint John Regional Hospital in the early morning hours of Jan. 31, acting chief coroner Michael Johnston announced today. Sappier-Soloman, 28, was an inmate at the Saint John Regional Correctional Centre. He was transported and admitted to the hospital on Jan. 29. An earlier news release indicated he had died Jan. 30.

The presiding coroner and a jury will publicly hear evidence from subpoenaed witnesses to determine the facts surrounding Sappier-Soloman’s death. The jury will have an opportunity to make recommendations to prevent deaths under similar circumstances.

The presiding coroner, schedule and location are yet to be determined. The inquest date will be announced once confirmed. No further information is available at this time.

An inquest is a formal proceeding that allows for public presentation of all evidence relating to a death. The New Brunswick Coroner Service is an independent fact-finding agency. It does not make any findings of legal responsibility.