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Inquest set into death of Pine Grove inmate

Ronalda Wescoup, 40, was found unresponsive in her cell at Pine Grove Correctional Centre in Prince Albert in June 2019

PRINCE ALBERT –An inquest into the death of a 40-year-old Pine Grove Correctional Centre inmate will start April 4 in Prince Albert.

Ronalda Wescoup, 40, was found unresponsive in her cell on June 4, 2019. Medical personnel made lifesaving attempts, but resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful and Wescoup was pronounced deceased, according to the province of Saskatchewan.

The Coroners Act requires that the Chief Coroner hold an inquest into the death of a person who dies while an inmate at a jail or a correctional facility, unless the coroner is satisfied that the person's death was due entirely to natural causes and was not preventable.

The Saskatchewan Coroners Service is responsible for the investigation of all sudden, unexpected deaths. The purpose of an inquest is to establish who died, when and where that person died and the medical cause and manner of death. The coroner's jury may make recommendations to prevent similar deaths.

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