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Inmate died at HMP by suicide, sources say

cbc.ca logo cbc.ca 2018-07-01 CBC/Radio-Canada
a sign on the side of a building: The death by an inmate Saturday was the third at a provincial prison in three months. © CBC The death by an inmate Saturday was the third at a provincial prison in three months.

CBC News has learned that Saturday's death at Her Majesty's Penitentiary in St. John's was a suicide.

Multiple sources have confirmed that the inmate died by suicide.

A release sent Saturday by the Department of Justice and Public Safety said the man was alone in his cell when he died.

This is the third inmate death in a Newfoundland prison in three months, and the fourth inmate death in the last year. 

Neither the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary nor the Department of Justice and Public Safety have confirmed the cause of the inmate's death on Saturday.

According to the release, the RNC is investigating the death and an independent investigation will begin once police conclude its review.

In a statement issued on Sunday morning, an official with the Department of Justice wrote, "As this matter is still under investigation, the Department can not provide any additional details about the incident."

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