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Family of man who died in P.E.I. jail says inquest isn’t mandatory  | CBC News

The household of a P.E.I. man who died on the Provincial Correctional Centre says they do not imagine an inquest into his demise is important.

Kenny Hoddinott, who was initially from Shoe Cove, N.L., died on Dec. 16. He was 47. 

Maureen Poirier was married to Hoddinott for 13 years, and so they raised three youngsters. The couple’s twin daughters are now 18, and their son is 21. 

Hoddinott was a power alcoholic who had struggled with the illness for many years, Poirier instructed CBC News in an interview this week.  

She stated the demise of her ex-husband, with whom she saved in shut contact after their separation, was heartbreaking — and seeing him turn into the centre of a really public dialogue involving politicians and the media has made it even harder for her and her youngsters. 

“If he was a person that was wholesome and had ended up in jail for no matter purpose and within the morning he was lifeless, you’d surprise what occurred,” Poirier stated of Hoddinott.

“I’m form of glad that he died in jail and never die beneath a tree and folks go by and say, ‘Oh that is only a bum sleeping,’ and he might have been there two, three days earlier than somebody discovered him.”

Maureen Poirier was married to Hoddinott for 13 years. She says his demise was heartbreaking, however does not assume an inquest is important. (Maureen Poirier)

Poirier stated at the least he did not die alone; corrections employees had been usually checking on him. “And an inquest isn’t going to make him come again.” 

Death got here after ‘cardiac occasion’

Justice Minister Bloyce Thompson stated Hoddinott died that December night time on account of “a cardiac occasion.” 

In an interview with CBC News on Tuesday, he stated correctional employees “did the whole lot they may” to save lots of the person when he was present in an unresponsive situation, together with performing CPR.

But it was no use and he was finally pronounced lifeless. 

Minister of Justice and Public Safety Bloyce Thompson says an inquest might present transparency and assist stop future tragedies. (CBC News/Kirk Pennell)

The coroner had initially stated an inquest into Hoddinott’s demise was not mandatory, however Thompson stated he was going to name one anyway, utilizing his energy as minister as spelled out within the Coroners Act.

‘There’s a whole lot of questions’

“I feel the general public deserves to know the circumstances round it, and I’m prepared to name this inquest,” stated Thompson. 

“There’s a whole lot of questions … when you have got an incident like this, the place somebody loses their life in custody. I feel it is the perfect for transparency for all Islanders.”

Kenny Hoddinott was happy with his twin ladies, Courtney, left, and Britney, proper. His ex-wife says he paraded them across the hospital once they have been born 18 years in the past. (Submitted by Maureen Poirier)

The minister stated his coronary heart goes out to the Hoddinott household, and he hopes an inquest supplies readability to assist stop future deaths. 

“It is extra than simply our justice system; it is our social system, it is our well being care. It’s an enormous image that we will share what comes out of this — and no matter suggestions come from the coroner, we will use to verify this by no means occurs once more,” stated Thompson. 

‘His demise was not an enormous thriller’

Hoddinott’s daughter, Britney, did not really feel snug doing an interview.

But she despatched a textual content to CBC News, wherein she agreed along with her mom’s place that an inquest into her dad’s demise isn’t mandatory.

Kenny Hoddinott, left, together with his father, George, and his son, Andrew. (Submitted by Maureen Poirier)

In it, she wrote: “My father simply handed away, his household continues to be grieving. There have been so many different methods to speak about what had occurred. An inquest was not mandatory. His demise was not an enormous thriller needing to be solved. I’m nonetheless a scholar, attempting to determine issues out. I did not should be the woman whose dad died in jail.”

Poirier stated Hoddinott was a great dad, who cherished his youngsters greater than anything on the earth. She stated he wished to be there for his youngsters however the alcoholism stood in the way in which. 

“Even although he could not maintain them, he definitely cherished them. They have been his world.”  

In and out of remedy 

In Poirier’s opinion, individuals working inside the provincial community of companies did the whole lot they might to assist her ex-husband.   

That included stints at addictions centres in Ontario and New Brunswick. She stated Hoddinott was out and in of such services greater than 20 instances up to now 10 years. 

The factor with addictions is except the particular person is able to admit that they’ve one and that they wish to stop, it does not matter what number of fingers are on the market to assist them. They should wish to assist themselves.— Maureen Poirier

“It’s terrible how addictions can take over an individual’s life,” stated Poirier.

“He could not say sufficient about how good the individuals have been on the shelter, and the police, and the jail. I suppose he was there extra usually than others, simply extra for his security than anything. But they have been all the time good to him.”

Poirer stated law enforcement officials would even take Hoddinott to habit centres, if he did not have a drive. 

“The factor with addictions is except the particular person is able to admit that they’ve one and that they wish to stop, it does not matter what number of fingers are on the market to assist them. They should wish to assist themselves.”     

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