News Release

Due to no Serious Injury, SIU Terminates Sudbury Investigation

Case Number: 23-OCI-125   

Mississauga, ON (16 May, 2023) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the arrest of a 48-year-old man in Sudbury last month by Greater Sudbury Police Service officers.

On April 16, 2023, the man was arrested for assault inside his home. He was incarcerated for a bail hearing. When he wasn’t feeling well, he was transported to the hospital. While at hospital, the man complained of pain on his left side. X-rays revealed he did not have fractured ribs. 

Based on the SIU’s preliminary inquiries, including a review of the man’s medical records, Director Martino was satisfied the investigation should be discontinued. As the evidence established that the man did not suffer any fractures to his left side, the SIU was without a ‘serious injury’ for purposes of its statutory mandate. There being no statutory jurisdiction to proceed, the file has been closed.          

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,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES