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Desmond Fatality Inquiry

PORT HAWKESBURY: Following the triple murder-suicide that claimed the lives of retired Cpl. Lionel Desmond, his wife Shanna, his mother Brenda and his 10-year-old daughter Aaliyah on Jan. 3, 2017, Veterans Affairs conducted their own internal investigation.
PORT HAWKESBURY: The officer who reviewed Cpl. Lionel Desmond’s firearm licence testified on March 23, had he been made aware of his run-ins with the police and struggles with his Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), he may have...
PORT HAWKESBURY: The uncle of retired Cpl. Lionel Desmond says he wasn’t in distress and didn’t see any warning signs from his nephew when he spent the night at his house before carrying out the triple-murder suicide...
PORT HAWKESBURY: The Halifax-based Occupational Stress Injury (OSI) Clinic that retired Cpl. Lionel Desmond tried to access mental health services through now doesn’t require their patients to have a family doctor before receiving their services.
PORT HAWKESBURY: Rather than immediately being connected by Veterans Affairs with a psychiatrist or psychotherapist in Nova Scotia after his release from Ste. Anne’s Hospital, retired Cpl. Lionel Desmond searched for help on his own.
PORT HAWKESBURY: One year after retired Cpl. Lionel Desmond was medically discharged from the military for severe Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), the former infantryman was then diagnosed with “mixed personality traits.” The new evidence...
PORT HAWKESBURY: A social worker at the Ste. Anne’s Hospital was worried about something that stood in the way of retired Cpl. Lionel Desmond’s treatment as he was making minor progress under treatments that usually produced results.
PORT HAWKESBURY: The Canadian Armed Forces arranged for retired Cpl. Lionel Desmond’s treatment to continue following his medical discharge in 2015. However a psychologist says the “lack of structure” outside the military presented additional...
PORT HAWKESBURY: Last week, two military psychiatrists explained for the first time, what personal care retired Cpl. Lionel Desmond received in the health care system of the military prior to his medical discharge in 2015.
PORT HAWKESBURY: A former platoon member of retired Cpl. Lionel Desmond says the intensity of the gunfights and the grim duties of war took their toll on the then 24-year-old infantryman. Testifying on Feb....




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