Inquest into death of Kent Institution inmate

The BC Coroners Service has announced that a public inquest will be held into the death of Jesse Marcel Lahn.

The BC Coroners Service has announced that a public inquest will be held into the death of Jesse Marcel Lahn.

The inquest will take place beginning April 13, 2015, at the Coroners Court in Burnaby.

Mr. Lahn, aged 33, was found unresponsive in his cell at Kent federal penitentiary in Agassiz on May 3, 2013. Correctional officers performed CPR and Ambulance services attended, but were unable to revive Lahn. He was serving a two-year sentence for robbery, attempted indictable offense, possession of property obtained by crime, kidnapping, unlawful confinement and armed robbery.

Presiding coroner Isis van Loon and a jury will hear evidence from witnesses under oath to determine the facts surrounding this death. The jury will have the opportunity to make recommendations aimed at preventing deaths under similar circumstances.

An inquest is a formal process that allows for public presentation of evidence relating to a death.

The inquest starts April 13 at 9:30 a.m. at the Burnaby Coroners Court, 20th floor, MetroTower II at 4720 Kingsway, Burnaby.