The inquest into the suicide of an inmate at the Saskatchewan Penitentiary in 2012 came to an end Wednesday as the jury brought forward recommendations on how to prevent future suicides.
Andy Allan Brassard was found dead in his cell in November 2012, having hanged himself using the coaxial cable from his television. The circumstances surrounding his death were discussed during the three-day inquest.
The jury recommended continued and consistent mental health checks be performed and more attention given to those who have mental health issues.
They suggested the removal of any cables or cords which could be accessible to inmates in designated areas. They gave an example of less than 18 inches as an acceptable length.
The jury also recommended staff receive mandatory training for suicide awareness prior to beginning their work at the penitentiary.
The last recommendation the jury had was to fill all mental health vacancies at the penitentiary as soon as possible.
Coroner Brent Gough thanked “everyone involved in the process” and the jurors for “taking the time to perform a public service”. He said the family might receive “an element of closure” from the conclusion of the inquest.
Coroner’s counsel John Morrall was happy with the process of the inquest.
“It was an efficient process and it brought about some important considerations and important recommendations,” he said.