Victoria mom granted public hearing into son’s death

Cpl. Stuart Langridge hanged himself in his barracks at CFB Edmonton

For years, Sheila Fynes has insisted the investigation into her son’s suicide has been flawed, and now a public hearing will investigate her claims.

On March 15, 2008, Cpl. Stuart Langridge hanged himself in his barracks at CFB Edmonton.

After tours of duty in Bosnia and Afghanistan, he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. He started drinking and attempted suicide six times.

Fynes claimed the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service’s investigation into the death was biased and aimed at exonerating those involved by painting Langridge as a drug addict. As well, she alleges the CFNIS failed to disclose to the family a suicide note Langridge wrote.

Last year, Victoria MP Denise Savoie brought Fynes to Ottawa to publicize her story. In October 2010, Fynes received an apology from chief of the defence staff Gen. Walt Natynczyk.

Now, the Military Police Complaints Commission will hold a public interest hearing into the investigation.

“The decision to hold a public hearing into the complaint reflects the seriousness of the allegations, which strike at the very core of how the military police performs its duties,” according to a statement by the commission.