News Release

SIU Terminates Investigation into Woman’s Reported Wrist Injury in Kingston

Case Number: 23-OCI-399   

Mississauga, ON (19 January, 2024) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into a reported fractured left wrist suffered by a 19-year-old woman last September.

Based on the SIU’s preliminary inquiries, on September 2, 2023, Kingston Police officers responded to a call at a residence about a domestic disturbance involving the woman and her ex-boyfriend. The woman was arrested for public intoxication and put in a cell. Evidence suggested the woman injured her left arm prior to police arrival. The SIU attempted to investigate further; however, despite repeated efforts made by the SIU to interview the woman, she refused. 

On this record, Director Martino found there was insufficient evidentiary foundation from which to continue with an investigation and 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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Kristy Denette,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES