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NEWS: Nunavut May 25, 2016 - 3:00 pm

Nunavut coroner confirms mandatory inquest on Cape Dorset cell death

Adla Pudlat, 29, died May 20 at community's RCMP station

THOMAS ROHNER
Nunavut'S chief coroner, Padma Suramala, confirmed May 25 that she's ordered a mandatory inquest into the May 20 death of Adla Pudlat, 29, inside an RCMP holding cell in Cape Dorset. She said the inquest will be scheduled after the Ottawa Police Service and her office complete an investigation. (FILE PHOTO)
Nunavut'S chief coroner, Padma Suramala, confirmed May 25 that she's ordered a mandatory inquest into the May 20 death of Adla Pudlat, 29, inside an RCMP holding cell in Cape Dorset. She said the inquest will be scheduled after the Ottawa Police Service and her office complete an investigation. (FILE PHOTO)

Another death under Nunavut RCMP supervision, another mandatory coroner’s inquest.

An inquest will be held into the May 20 death of a Cape Dorset man who died while in police custody, a May 25 release from the Nunavut’s chief coroner said.

Adla Pudlat, 29, died while detained in the local RCMP detachment, Padma Suramala said May 25.

An inquest is mandatory whenever someone dies in police or government custody.

Police arrested Pudlat May 19 after being called about “an intoxicated male and an assault,” a May 20 release from Nunavut RCMP said.

The only details of the death included in the police release said that, “In the early morning hours of May 20, the male was found unresponsive in the holding cell.”

Suramala said May 25 that “the investigation continues with the assistance of the Ottawa Police Service and Nunavut Coroner Service to explore circumstances surrounding the death.”

The coroner has already held one inquest related to an in-custody death this year.

The jury of that inquest, which took place in Hall Beach in early May, determined that Tommy Anguilianuk, 18, took his own life in January 2013 after escaping police custody.

And Suramala scheduled another mandatory inquest for later this year, to be held in Igloolik in November.

That inquest will look into the circumstances surrounding the death of Felix Taqqaugaq, 29, who police shot and killed in his home in 2012.

Taqqaugaq was widely known in the community for having a history of mental illness.

Another in-custody death occurred that same year in the same north Baffin community.

An inquest into the death of Solomon Uyarasuk, who died in September 2012 at the Igloolik RCMP detachment, made a number of recommendations aimed at the Nunavut RCMP’s lack of training and the poor state of the detachment facilities and holding cells.

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