Cop pleads not guilty to assault charges
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.