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Sinclair inquest told of 'spidey sense'

HSC security boss explains Sinclair's absence from cams

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The image of Brian Sinclair is mostly seen for only fleeting seconds on screen despite several video cameras pointing in different angles recording dozens of hours of footage inside Health Sciences Centre's emergency department.

The head of HSC's security team told an inquest on Monday he's pretty sure why.

Norm Schatz said the security cameras are designed to be "the eye in the sky" to help monitor problems and security risks throughout the department and the hospital.

Under questioning, Schatz said that's why for about an hour a camera, which was poised right above Sinclair in the waiting room, was trained solely on three individuals watching television little more than a metre away from Sinclair.

Schatz said it is likely because the guard monitoring the cameras, who could control in which direction they pointed, observed the three went to the waiting room without checking in to be triaged and appeared intoxicated.

Sinclair, who the inquest has been told was not triaged and who many witnesses have said appeared to them to be intoxicated with his head slumped down, was not seen.

"My explanation would be it's not too often a double amputee in a wheelchair is going to cause an incident," Schatz said. "He is not a security risk to us.

"I call it often 'spidey sense' -- I'm going to put the camera on them to be on the safe side."

Sinclair, 45, died on Sept. 21, 2008, after waiting in the emergency department's waiting room for 34 hours. The inquest has been told an autopsy determined the man could have died up to seven hours before he was found.

Schatz also testified the reason there are numerous gaps in the security footage -- sometimes up to five or six minutes -- is because while the cameras are always operating, they stop recording when there has been no motion for 10 seconds.

Earlier, Elaine Hawkins, a community health worker at the Health Action Centre, said she remembers organizing Sinclair's transportation to HSC, by calling social assistance to fund the ride -- both to the hospital and, after discharge, back to his residence in the Quest Inn.

Hawkins said she also recalls, while they waited for a wheelchair van, seeing Sinclair being given a letter, but she doesn't know who gave it to him.

The inquest continues.

kevin.rollason@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 29, 2013 B3

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Updated on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 7:36 AM CDT: Changes headline, adds photo

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