SIU Lays Charge Against London Police Officer in Relation to Death of Woman
(3 March, 2021) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Joseph Martino, has reasonable grounds to believe that a London Police Service (LPS) officer committed a criminal offence in relation to the death of 28-year-old Amanda Bolt in November of 2019 in London. As a result, Director Martino has caused a charge to be laid against the officer.
The SIU investigation determined that on the morning of November 2, 2019, Ms. Bolt was arrested at her home by LPS officers, transported to police headquarters and then released. Later that day, Ms. Bolt was re-arrested for breaching conditions of her release, and was taken back to the police station where she was lodged in a cell. The following morning, Ms. Bolt went into medical distress. She was transported to hospital and placed on life support. On November 13, 2019, Ms. Bolt passed away in hospital.
As a result of the SIU investigation, Sergeant Kevin Lui has been charged with one count of failing to provide the necessaries of life, contrary to s. 215(2)(b) of the Criminal Code.
The officer is required to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at 80 Dundas Street in London on March 24, 2021.
The matter is now properly before the courts. In consideration of the fair trial interests of the accused, the SIU will make no further comment pertaining to this investigation.
The SIU is an independent government agency that investigates the conduct of officials (police officers as well as special constables with the Niagara Parks Commission and peace officers with the Legislative Protective Service) that may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault and/or the discharge of a firearm at a person. All investigations are conducted by SIU investigators who are civilians. Under the Special Investigations Unit Act, the Director of the SIU must
- consider whether the official has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident under investigation
- depending on the evidence, cause a criminal charge to be laid against the official where grounds exist for doing so, or close the file without any charges being laid
- publicly report the results of its investigations
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Monica Hudon, email@example.com
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
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