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Norman Mintz R.I.P.

August 28, 2010 permalink

Former Hamilton children's aid worker Norman Mintz is dead after falling from his tenth floor apartment.



Probe into death from 10th-floor fall continues

The investigation into the death of 65-year-old Norman Mintz remains "ongoing," says the province's Special Investigations Unit (SIU).

Mintz died outside of his west end apartment on Tuesday evening, after plummeting from the 10th floor.

"Every case is different," said SIU communications co-ordinator Monica Hudon. "This one requires a post-mortem, and it depends on how long it takes for us to get that report back, and how long it takes to get witness interviews."

The civilian agency investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault.

Hamilton police were investigating a fail-to-remain collision on Tuesday evening when, based on information they received, they went to the 10th storey of an apartment building on Main Street West.

At about 6:15 p.m., it was reported that a man had fallen from the building. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Whether and how the two incidents are connected remains unknown, and no timeline has been given by the SIU as to when the investigation will be concluded.

A worker at the building said Mintz was a retired schoolteacher. He had also worked for the Children's Aid Society of Hamilton-Wentworth for 16 years before being let go in 1994. At the time, a CAS official said Mintz was a "very sensitive human being" and that his termination had nothing to do with his moral character.

Mintz's death is the second lethal fall in Hamilton to be investigated by SIU this year.

In February, 32-year-old Kenneth Lyon jumped from his eighth-floor Robinson Street apartment, near Park Street South.

He had just been arrested for sexual assault and sexual interference, and broke free from two officers who had arrived with a warrant to search for child pornography.

Lyon leaped off the balcony, fell headfirst into a parked pickup truck and died instantly.

Source: Hamilton Spectator