Hearings into military's investigations of suicide death to wrap

Cpl. Stuart Langridge of the Lord Strathcona’s Horse armoured regiment in Afghanistan in an undated photograph



OTTAWA - An independent military complaints commission looking into Canadian Forces investigations of a young soldier's suicide wraps Wednesday after 10 months of hearings.

The Military Police Complaints Commission launched a public inquiry into how the military handled the death Cpl. Stuart Langridge, 29, in May 2011.

In 2008, Langridge, who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder following tours in Bosnia and Afghanistan, hanged himself in a barracks at CFB Edmonton after five previous attempts to commit suicide.

His parents, Sheila and Shaun Fynes, claim they've been stonewalled and treated with indifference by forces officials and the defence department staff since their son's death.

They also allege the investigations tarnished their son's reputation in order to protect the military's chain of command.

The commission will hear up to three hours of closing arguments from each from government lawyers and those representing the Fynes family.

It can take months before the commission tables its decision and recommendations.

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