Inquest to be held into Surrey man’s death

Ropinder Gill died shortly after being arrested in spring 2010.

The B.C. Coroners Service will hold a public inquest into the death of a man who died three days after being arrested by Surrey RCMP last year.

Ropinder Gill passed away at Royal Columbian Hospital on May 19, 2010 after he was taken into police custody days earlier and went into medical distress.

At the inquest, scheduled for Oct. 11-14, coroner Liana Wright and a jury will hear evidence from witnesses to determine the facts surrounding Gill’s death. The jury will then have the opportunity to make recommendations aimed at preventing future deaths under similar circumstances.

The B.C. Coroners Services in an independent fact-finding agency only, and does make findings of legal responsibility. The inquest will be held in Burnaby.

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