"The picture is starting to get a little bit clearer" as to how an accused sex offender suffered fatal injuries at the Niagara Detention Centre last week, said the lead police investigator looking into the case.
However, police are still trying to figure out how the inmate was injured and if a crime was involved, said Det. Sgt. Budd Rung of the Niagara Regional Police major crime unit..
Kelvin Sawa, 46, died in hospital Thursday after suffering serious injuries while behind bars at the Thorold facility Aug. 15
A member of the man's family, neighbours and a co-worker identified Sawa as the inmate who died. Sawa was in custody on charges of sexual assault and sexual interference. The allegations were made earlier this month and involved a 14-year-old male.
Rung said he hopes to know in the next week or two whether charges will be laid in connection with the death.
"I'm not going to rush into anything," he said, adding none of the possible suspects are flight risks.
"We know where everybody is, we're not worried about people fleeing."
The detective said one thing is clear — the inmate didn't die of natural causes.
He wouldn't say what type of injuries the man suffered or his cause of death. He said the coroner's office, which is also conducting an investigation, is still doing some testing. An autopsy was held Friday in Hamilton.
Rung said with natural causes ruled out, that leaves accident, suicide and homicide as possible causes.
"There was a series of events that occurred," he said. "I just can't get any more specific than that."
He said detectives are interviewing inmates and reviewing surveillance video.
"He wasn't in general population, but he also wasn't in an area alone," he said of the inmate.
Rung confirmed no other inmates were injured in connection with the incident.
Sawa's niece, Kelly, who didn't want her last name published, said last week she thinks Sawa was murdered.
She also told the Standard she believes Sawa was innocent of the charges and that he never should have been behind bars in the first place.
Dr. Jack Stanborough, regional supervising coroner, said previously an inquest is mandatory in all inmate deaths when the cause is not natural. ..Source.. by Erica Bajer, Standard Staff
Detention Centre Murder Victim Identified
Jeremy Hall and Cale Rose were both arrested today for second-degree murder in the death of 46-year-old Kelvin Sawa.
All three of the men were inmates at the Niagara Regional Detention Centre on Monday, Aug. 15 this past summer, when at approximately 2:14 p.m., members of the Niagara Regional Police Service Uniform Branch and Niagara E.M.S. responded to the Detention Centre in Thorold for a report of an inmate in need of medical assistance. The male was subsequently transported to the Niagara Health System with life-threatening injuries.
On Thursday, August 18, 2011, investigators with the N.R.P.S. were notified by medical staff of the Niagara Health System that the inmate had died. A post-mortem examination took place at the Hamilton General Hospital to assist in determining the cause of death.
Although the identity of the deceased in this incident has not been previously released by the police, it had been widely reported in local media that the deceased is Kelvin Sawa. After continuing the investigation into the circumstances surrounding this incident, members of the N.R.P.S. Major Crime Unit and #1 District Detective Office are now confirming that Kelvin Sawa, a 46-year-old resident of Port Colborne, is, in fact, the deceased.
On Thursday, November 3, 2011, members of the Major Crime Unit arrested and charged 37-year-old Jeremy W. Hall and Cale A. Rose, age 28, in the death of Sawa. Both of these individuals were inmates at the Niagara Regional Detention Centre at the time of this incident and at the time of their arrests in this matter, were in custody at other correctional facilities on unrelated charges.
Both males will appear in court today at the Robert S.K. Welch Courthouse, 59 Church St. in St. Catharines. ..Source.. by Cathy Pelletier