Cop pleads not guilty to as­sault charges

The Compass - - NEWS - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­

An RCMP of­fi­cer ac­cused of com­mit­ting mul­ti­ple as­saults in Bay Roberts last sum­mer is plead­ing not guilty.

Const. Cameron Dun­lop Lock­hart was not in Har­bour Grace provin­cial court Fri­day, but de­fence lawyer David Day did ap­pear on his be­half. Day en­tered the not guilty pleas and re­quested a trial by judge and jury.

Lock­hart is fac­ing a to­tal of eight charges in relation to an in­ci­dent that al­legedly oc­curred on June 25, 2014, in Bay Roberts.

He faces four counts of as­sault, one count of as­sault caus­ing bod­ily harm, one count of ut­ter­ing threats, and two counts of mis­chief re­lat­ing to prop­erty.

RCMP Supt. Paul Dow­den told The Com­pass last week that Lock­hart is “cur­rently not per­form­ing front­line polic­ing du­ties,” but re­mains on pay­roll.

The Com­pass does not know if Lock­hart was work­ing with the Trin­ity-Con­cep­tion de­tach­ment at the time of his ar­rest. He served with the po­lice force in Har­bour Grace a few years ago be­fore trans­fer­ring to the Rod­dick­ton de­tach­ment in Western New­found­land.

A three-day pre­lim­i­nary in­quiry is sched­uled to be­gin March 20, 2015, and con­tinue March 23-24.

The Crown will pro­ceed by indictment on all charges. Ja­son House will pros­e­cute for the Crown.

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