Police treating death of 23-year-old man in St. Johns, N.L., as homicide – Global News

Police treating death of 23-year-old man in St. Johns, N.L., as homicide - Global News
Correctional Officers Involved in Death of HMP Inmate: Earle
A spokesman for the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary says police responded to the incident Tuesday evening on a busy residential street in the city’s downtown.

Cadigan says the medical examiner’s office has concluded the death was a homicide, but he would not release details from the autopsy report including exact cause of death.

"Mr. Henoche was an unlikely champion in that he was burdened with the invisibility of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, and with his limited capacity – due to permanent brain damage disability – to raise possible defences within the Newfoundland and Labrador Courts," Buckingham said.

Police believe the attack was not a random act, and are asking anyone with dashboard camera or security footage in the area of Bond Street to contact them.

"Mr. Buckingham noted that the chief medical examiner has authority under the Fatal Investigations Act to conduct an investigation into a death at a correctional facility but what is required in this instance is a public inquiry," reads a statement from Buckingham's office.

Inmate who died at HMP was accused killer Jonathan Henoche: sources

Photos from the scene posted online and in media reports showed blood on the sidewalk in front of the colourful homes characteristic of the city’s downtown.

"What I can say is that when we dealt with the previous issue, we took it very seriously, we went out and had an independent report, and out of that report came a number of recommendations many of which are in place or being implemented as we speak."

The death, which occurred just outside a for-profit emergency housing shelter, sparked debate in the provincial legislature on Wednesday about the province’s response to poverty and homelessness.

The provincial government is not committing to an inquiry, but MHA Brian Warr, who spoke on the matter in the House of Assembly of Thursday on behalf of the Department of Justice, said the correctional officers are co-operating with police. 

Progressive Conservative Leader Ches Crosbie led question period with the topic, saying the death “highlights the connection between our broken system for dealing with homelessness and crime in the city.”

Lisa Dempster, the province’s minister of children, seniors and social development, said the victim was not a client of provincial government housing services.

She addressed a change in June 2018 that saw emergency shelters and transition houses become the responsibility of Newfoundland and Labrador Housing, with the intent to help people make the transition into long-term housing.

Parsons was referring to the independent review conducted by retired police officer Marlene Jesso into the suicides of four inmates within provincial correctional facilities.

“It’s only been 16 months but we’re showing signs of success with that program,” Dempster said.

She said her department is focused on working with non-profits that provide supports for clients struggling with complex issues, but added private shelters are the only option for some individuals.

Crosbie argued that the transition away from private shelters has been too slow, citing statistics that 40 per cent of all housing in emergency situations is still under the for-profit sector.

A St. John's man prohibited from driving was arrested after being involved in a minor motor vehicle collision near the Newfoundland Drive and Torbay Road intersection Wednesday night.

After moving to Labrador as a Moravian missionary in the 1960s, Schule worked as a teacher. Not long after she began, she adopted one of her students, Susie.

When Royal Newfoundland Constabulary officers arrived on the scenes, there was no damage to the vehicle but they determined that the 64-year-old driver of one vehicle was under a court under to not drive. He has since been charged with driving while prohibited and driving with no insurance.