News

Criminal charges dropped against former coroner

Laura Lynn Lamoureux - Langley Times file photo
Laura Lynn Lamoureux
— image credit: Langley Times file photo

Charges have been stayed against a now-retired B.C. coroner who had been accused of improperly examining Langley City murder victim Laura Lynn Lamoureux.

Kenneth Glen Mattinson, 63, was charged in October 2010 with two counts each of interference with a dead body and breach of trust by a public officer. At the time of his arrest, the RCMP said a forensic identification officer at a crime scene in Langley “noticed what appeared to be a pattern of questionable and possibly criminal behaviour in the manipulation of bodies.”

The investigation, police said, involved examinations at crime scenes after two separate murders: the shooting of 21-year-old Brianna Helen Kinnear in Coquitlam in February, 2009 and the shooting a month later of 36-year-old Lamoureux in a residential area of Langley City.

Last January, Crown counsel said it did not feel there was enough evidence to go ahead with a charge in the Kinnear case.

It has now made the same decision, to drop the charges against Mattinson in the Lamoureux case. That decision was announced on Jan. 23 in B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster.

 

— with files from Sheila

Reynolds, Surrey Leader

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Clark on climate, clawbacks, credit cards
 
Trinity Western University in Langley sues law society over law school
 
COLUMN: Some advice to Kinder Morgan from the mushy middle
New colour scheme for development is fine with church
 
Initial assessment finds mother unfit to stand trial: defence
 
“Suspicious” Agassiz house fire under investigation
You’re never too old to go back
 
Mission realtors keep community warm
 
Carly Rae Jepsen surprises Christmas at the Clarke fans

Community Events, December 2014

Add an Event


Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Dec 18 edition online now. Browse the archives.