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Attorney General asked RCMP to review death of woman living at Brandon city manager's house

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The Attorney General has requested the RCMP conduct a review into the circumstances surrounding the death of Christine Mitchell while living at Brandon city manager Rod Sage’s house in July. 

According to a statement from a spokesperson for the Attorney General, the request was made on Oct. 4, almost three months after her death.

Christine Mitchell (inset) reportedly died in hospital following of an overdose at the house of Brandon city manager Rod Sage, pictured during a city council meeting, on July 10. (File)

Christine Mitchell (inset) reportedly died in hospital following of an overdose at the house of Brandon city manager Rod Sage, pictured during a city council meeting, on July 10. (File)

The statement says the review will also look at the subsequent investigation by the Brandon Police Service.

Mitchell, 30 at the time of her death, had been residing at Sage’s home for almost five years, according to a CBC report on Wednesday. She was taken to hospital for a suspected "purple heroin" overdose on July 10, and later died in hospital.

 Police became aware of Mitchell’s death on July 11 from a member of the public, Brandon Police Service Sgt. Kirby Sararas said, and opened an investigation immediately.

 The investigation is ongoing, Sararas told the Sun on Wednesday, and as such BPS is unable to disclose any details, such as whether there are any allegations of criminal wrongdoing.

The Manitoba Liberal Party called for an inquest into her death on Thursday morning. A letter to Minister of Justice Cliff Cullen asks the provincial government to assign a police force other than BPS to the file.

"This is clearly an exceptional situation, but we can’t have a situation where the police are investigating someone who sits on the police board," Lamont said. "We do not want to prejudge what happened, but this is a case that is about addictions as much as it is about crime, which is why there must be an inquest."

More to come. 

» The Brandon Sun

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