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Inquest delayed

The inquest into the death of Surrey’s Kyle Tait isn’t expected to resume until June as lawyers argued over the admissibility of evidence and news media bans Monday and Tuesday.

Tait, 16, was a passenger in a stolen GMC Yukon SUV when he was shot Aug. 23, 2005 by New Westminster Police Const. Todd Sweet. The vehicle, driven by Ian James William Campbell, had fled a New Westminster roadblock, prompting the police chase that ended in a quiet Burnaby neighbourhood.

Sweet fired three shots into the SUV after it repeatedly rammed a police cruiser.

The lawyer for Kyle Tait’s mother wants the inquest to include background on Sweet. Lawyer Cameron Ward argued Sweet was out of control when he fired shots into the stolen vehicle.

Coroner Liana Wright reserved judgment on Ward’s disclosure application. She also wouldn’t allow a sweeping ban on publication of legal arguments heard in the absence of the inquest jury.

mmcquillan@burnabynewsleader.com

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