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Military Police Complaints Commission - Cpl Stuart Langridge
« on: January 12, 2013, 12:56:35 PM »

Corporal Stuart Langridge

Who is Stuart Langridge

Stuart Langridge was born on March 26, 1979 in Surrey, British Columbia. Stuart joined the RCAF Cadets. He then served in the Militia which he joined at the age of 17. Three years later, in 2000, Stuart enrolled in the Regular Force with the Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians), when he was 21 years of age. Stuart was first and foremost a veteran, having served his country with distinction in Bosnia (2001) and Afghanistan (2004-2005). In August 2007, he was diagnosed with PTSD. He passed on March 15, 2008 at Canadian Forces Base Edmonton.
Who are Shaun and Sheila Fynes

Mr. and Mrs. Fynes are the parents of the late Stuart Langridge. They reside in Victoria, British Columbia.

Complaint to the Military Police Commission by Mr. and Mrs. Fynes

Corporal Stuart Langridge committed suicide at Canadian Forces Base Edmonton on March 15, 2008. His parents, Shaun and Sheila Fynes, maintain that he was suffering from depression and post-traumatic stress disorder at the time of his death. Despite a diagnosis of PTSD in 2007, the Canadian Forces continue to deny that Stuart could have had PTSD. Mr. and Mrs. Fynes have filed a complaint with the Military Police Complaints Commission (MPCC) relating to three investigations conducted by the Canadian Forces National Investigations Service (CFNIS) following the death of their son.

In May 2011, the MPCC began a Public Interest Investigation into Mr. and Mrs. Fynesâ¬" complaints and, on September 6, 2011, the MPCC announced it would hold a Public Interest Hearing into the military police investigations relating to the death of Corporal Stuart Langridge.

The allegations in Mr. and Mrs. Fynes complaint include that :

    The CFNIS did not conduct independent investigations into the matter;
    The investigations they conducted were inadequate and biased;
    The investigations were aimed at exonerating Canadian Forces ( CF) members of any responsibility for their failure to prevent Cpl Langridges death and for the manner in which Mr. and Mrs. Fynes were subsequently treated;
    CFNIS failed to investigate important issues; and
    CFNIS failed to disclose the existence of a suicide note from their son for over fifteen (15) months.

The Commissions mandate is to investigate the conduct of the Military Police in this case. The Commissions investigation will focus on the complainants allegations, which include allegations that the police investigations lacked impartiality and independence and that the MP failed to provide sufficient and timely information to them.