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Hearing on Brandon death

A standing hearing will take place next month to determine who can participate in the upcoming inquest into the death of Craig Kucher, 24, of Brandon.

Kucher had a history of medical, emotional and behavioural issues. He went to the Brandon Regional Health Centre's emergency department on June 7, 2012, in a delusional state, the province said in a release on Friday.

Following an assessment by the physician, Kucher was seen by an on-call psychiatrist the next day. He was then treated as an involuntary in-patient at the Centre for Adult Psychiatry in Brandon.

His condition improved and on June 18, 2012, Kucher was allowed a two-day leave of absence. He was released to the care of his mother. Later that evening, Kucher left his home and was hit by a train. He died as a result of his injuries.

The medical examiner could not conclusively state whether the death was an accident or suicide.

Under the Fatality Inquiries Act, an inquest has been called by the chief medical examiner. Inquests explore the circumstances and events leading to deaths for the purpose of finding out what, if anything, could be done to help prevent similar deaths from occurring in the future.

Before the inquest can begin, the judge will decide who can participate and question witnesses by having standing at the inquest. Those interested in applying for standing should contact Ron Toews, inquest counsel, at 204-726-6012 or ron.toews@gov.mb.ca by Aug. 12.

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