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  1. Valleyboy

    Valleyboy Grumpy Old Man..

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    Coroner charged with indignity to female remains



    http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2010/10/07/15616406.html

    A former B.C. coroner is facing four charges for the alleged improper examination of two female homicide victims.

    Kenneth Glen Mattinson, 61, of Chilliwack, B.C., was arrested Tuesday following an investigation into allegations of inappropriate examinations of bodies in the lower mainland, Langley RCMP said in a release on Thursday.

    Mattinson was charged Wednesday with two counts of offering an indignity to human remains and two counts of breach of trust by a public officer, police said. He has been released and is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 21.

    Police said an investigation was launched in March 2009 after a forensic officer at a homicide scene in Langley noticed "what appeared to be a pattern of questionable and possibly criminal behaviour by the coroner," police said.

    Mattinson retired when the investigation was launched.

    The charges relate to an examination of a Coquitlam victim on Feb. 3, 2009, and a Langley victim on March 14, 2009, police said. In both cases, the bodies were female victims of homicides and involve "alleged criminal behaviour in the manipulation of the bodies," police said.

    Sgt. Peter Thiessen said RCMP will not be releasing further details about what was done to the bodies out of respect to the victims' families.

    "I can't imagine how the families would feel, after the murders of their loved ones, about unsettling new allegations such as these," Thiessen said
     
  2. believe09

    believe09 Active Member

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    The mind reels. I actually appreciate RCMP being closed mouthed.
     
  3. WhyaDuck?

    WhyaDuck? Inactive

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    Heavens!

    The thought that comes to mind is, if he is guilty of this with two, I would bet these were not the only incidents.
     
  4. tlcya

    tlcya Well-Known Member

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    Oh in the name of anything and all that is holy - WTH?!?!?
     
  5. Rayemonde

    Rayemonde New Member

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    January 2013:

    http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/2013/01/0...lation-allegations-dropped-against-ex-coroner
     
  6. Rayemonde

    Rayemonde New Member

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    Jan 2014:

    http://www.canada.com/story.html?id=1c9fa17e-5c0a-4ffa-baa7-aec09aa68d4e
     
  7. SapphireSteel

    SapphireSteel New Member

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    I think that ALL facilities where humans are warehoused should be littered with security cameras.

    Attack on the Person by People previously trusted to care, are either skyrocketing or we are just finding out about them.

    Hospitals need security cameras in every room. So it appears do Coroners Offices.

    I tell you, in a busy hospital or morgue- if someone's creeping with the corpses the Security must be pretty much non existent.

    Think about it - the offender has to be alone and unsupervised for extended periods of time. Repeatedly.

    We all have Bosses so why was this guy able to abuse for so long, undetected?

    Because his Boss was also looking the other way. Bosses, whoever. Someone up the chain is Also Asleep at the wheel.
     
  8. Woodland

    Woodland Well-Known Member

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    I think you hit on the problem SapphireSteel - no supervision and somewhat known among this portion that are also officers of the court. Imo, that is why the Crown declined to prosecute. The can of worms would be more than the public could tolerate.

    It was cowardly not to proceed imo. No one was served.
     

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