Coroner's inquest begins today into suicide of mentally ill man at OCDC

A coroner's inquest into the death of Cleve 'Cas' Geddes, who hanged himself at the Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre last year, is expected to begin today.

Cleve 'Cas' Geddes hanged himself after being arrested in 2017

A coroner's inquest is expected to begin today into the death of Cleve 'Cas' Geddes, who hanged himself at the Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre after his arrest in 2017. (courtesy Sigrid Geddes)

A coroner's inquest into the death of a mentally ill man who hanged himself at the Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre last year is expected to begin today.

Cleve "Cas" Geddes had been grappling with schizophrenia for about a decade when he was arrested in January 2017.

The 30-year-old died in hospital on Feb. 10, 2017, after being transferred there from the jail.

After his death, his sister Sigrid told CBC News that Geddes was supposed to have initially been sent to hospital for a 30-day assessment to determine whether or not he was criminally responsible.

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However, there was no room at the hospital, she said, so Geddes was sent to OCDC instead.

Geddes was the youngest of six siblings and grew up around the Ottawa Valley towns of Killaloe, Wilno and Barry's Bay.

The inquest is expected to last nine days and hear from approximately 28 witnesses.


Need help? Here are some mental health resources in the National Capital Region:

  • Ottawa Suicide Prevention: 613-238-3311
  • Association québécoise de prévention du suicide: 1-866-APPELLE (1-866-277-3553)