Inquest into death in Brantford motel room of suspect in Hamilton double murder to be held March 18

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Published February 22, 2024 at 4:15 pm

David Thomson
David Thomson

An inquest into the death – by “self-inflicted gunshot wound” – of a man wanted for a double homicide in Hamilton in 2019 has been set for March 18.

David Thomson, 33, was wanted in the murders of Hamilton residents Donald Lowe, 62, and Cheryl Nicholl, 32, and was inside a Brantford motel room on November 3, 2019 when he took his own life, Hamilton Police said at the time.

Thomson, 33, died as Hamilton Police officers attempted to negotiate his surrender into custody in connection with the murders just a few days before.

Hamilton officers found Thomson inside the motel room just after 11 p.m. on Nov. 3, and advised him to surrender via megaphone.

Police then heard a single gunshot coming from the room and found Thomson dead.

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Ontario’s police watchdog, declared his death a suicide in 2020 and absolved Hamilton Police of any wrongdoing.

An inquest into his death is mandatory under the Coroners Act and the date for the inquest, which is expected to last five days and will hear from six witnesses, was announced by Dr. Karen Schiff, the Regional Supervising Coroner for the West Region’s Hamilton Office.

The inquest will examine the circumstances surrounding Thomson’s death and the jury may make recommendations aimed at preventing further deaths.

This is the third inquest involving the City of Hamilton in recent months, with an inquest announced in January into the death of a suspected Hamilton hitman in jail announced in January; and another into the death of a man from a Hamilton Roof top announced in December.

The inquest into Thomson’s death will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, March 18, with Selwyn Pieters as the presiding officer and Maria Stevens and Shruti Ramesh acting as the inquest counsel.

The inquest will be conducted by video conference. Members of the public who wish to view the proceedings can do so live at this link: https://firstclassfacilitation.ca/office-of-the-chief-coroner/inquest-into-the-death-of-david-thomson/

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