SURREY — A 25-year-old man is dead after a fight between two cell mates at Surrey Pretrial on Wednesday (Aug. 3).
Police say correctional officers intervened in the fight, which happened at around 7:30 p.m., and separated the victim from his 22-year-old cell mate.
The victim was taken to hospital with extensive injuries and died at hospital just before 1:30 a.m. Thursday, according to the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT), which has conduct of the investigation.
The victim’s family has been notified, but due to the isolation of the event within the Surrey Pretrial Centre, the victim’s name will not be released.
IHIT has consulted with Crown Counsel regarding charges, but homicide related charges have not yet been approved.
“IHIT is working with the Integrated Forensic Identification Section, the Surrey RCMP, the Surrey Pretrial Services Centre, and the BC Coroner’s Service to help piece together the factors that led up to the altercation, and subsequent death of the male victim,” said Corporal Meghan Foster in a release. Both males were awaiting court appearances on separate matters, police say, and neither of the males knew each other prior to their incarceration.