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Day two of Terrace coroner’s inquest

Day two of Terrace coroner’s inquest

Afternoon testimony continued in Terrace at the inquest into the death of Alyssa George, also known as Alyssa Oleksiuk.

Two doctors at Vancouver General Hospital in the intensive care unit told the inquest of Alyssa’s dire medical condition.

Dr. David Sweet said Alyssa had suffered complete organ failure, and it was only the various medical equipment keeping her alive.

Sheriff Graham Bayles, who was also working as a guard at the time when Alyssa was in custody, spoke about the night she went into medical distress.

He described his job as a balancing act in following prescribed regulations, maintaining prisoners and their comfort, as well as his various other duties.

When he was asked if he had heard Alyssa say she couldn’t breathe, he responded he had not.

At that point, Alyssa’s husband, Mark Oleksiuk, stood up and shouted that was a lie, and that the inquest was hiding the audio evidence, then stormed out.

Robert Mackenzie, counsel for the coroner, then told the jurors that Mark Oleksiuk was mistaken.

He said the full audio and video of Alyssa in her cell is available to jurors, has been reviewed, and that nothing is being withheld.

Tomorrow is the last day of the inquest.

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