SIU Appeals for Witnesses in Port Hope Death



    TORONTO, Aug. 21 /CNW/ - The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is seeking
the assistance of the public in its investigation into the death of a Port
Hope man.
    At approximately 12:20 a.m. on Wednesday August 20, 2008, a woman walking
her dog discovered a man apparently unconscious on the sidewalk in front of a
residence at 76 Cavan Street in Port Hope. The man, identified as 36-year-old
Daryl Thompson of Port Hope, was arrested for public intoxication and taken to
the Port Hope police station. During a subsequent check of the cells later
that day, he was found with vital signs absent and pronounced dead by the
local coroner.
    A post-mortem examination is scheduled to take place at the Centre of
Forensic Sciences in Toronto today.
    The SIU is appealing for anyone, who may have been with Mr. Thompson
prior to he being discovered at about 12:20 a.m. August 20th or who may have
any information about this matter, to contact the Unit at 1-800-787-8529 or
416-641-1867.
    The SIU has assigned two field investigators and two forensic
investigators to this case. Three officers - two subject officers and one
witness officer - have been designated as part of the investigation to assist
in determining the circumstances and sequences of events surrounding this
occurrence.

    The SIU is a civilian agency that investigates cases of serious injuries
(including allegations of sexual assault) and deaths involving the police.
Pursuant to section 113 of the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU is
mandated to consider whether a criminal offence has been committed by an
officer(s) in connection with the incident under investigation and, where
warranted by the evidence, to cause a criminal charge or charges to be laid
against the officer(s). The Director reports the results of investigations to
the Attorney General.





For further information:

For further information: John Yoannou, SIU Communications/Service des
communications, UES, Telephone/No de telephone: (416) 622-2342 or/ou
1-800-787-8529; For general information about the SIU, please visit our
website at www.siu.on.ca

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