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Inquest hears from RCMP

Testimony continued this morning at the coroner’s inquest into the deaths Angie Robinson and her teenage son, Robert in Prince Rupert.

RCMP Corporal Josh Brownlee spoke of the troubled relationship between Angie and her partner, Robert Mutch.  He described the numerous 911 calls made by Angie to the RCMP.  But he added that, like in many abusive relationships, victims will often reach out for help but then go silent due to a variety of issues.

When asked if he would make any recommendations to how to improve procedures, Brownlee said there should be context given to the additional stress that caring for a high needs youth brings to the dynamics of a relationship, rather than just seeing it as a victim and perpetrator.

Yesterday, Angie’s sister Michelle Watson asserted that Angie was forced to rely on Robert, despite the abusive relationship, because there were no other services available to help with their severely autistic son.

There were tears in the courtroom as Cpl. Brownlee told the inquest what police found at the scene when they were called to check up on the family.

RCMP later determined that Angie had killed her son before taking her own life.

The inquest is expected to hear from RCMP officers, the BC Ambulance paramedic, as well as the coroner and several doctors.

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