Former Mountie gets two years for lying at Taser death inquiry
The former Mountie who was the senior officer in charge the night Robert Dziekanski was jolted with a Taser and died has been given a two-year jail term for lying to an inquiry into the death.
A B.C. Supreme Court judge found former corporal Benjamin “Monty” Robinson guilty of perjury last month, ruling he colluded with four fellow officers to make up testimony that they gave at an inquiry into Dziekanski’s death.
As he sentenced Robinson, Justice Nathan Smith said perjury strikes at the heart of the justice system which can’t function if there is a suggestion the evidence police give is false.
All four officers were tried separately and Robinson was found guilty along with Const. Kwesi Millington, but the two other officers involved were acquitted.
The Crown had asked for a three-year prison term, while defence called for a conditional sentence for Robinson, who was convicted of obstruction of justice in a separate trial after the vehicle he was driving hit and killed a young motorcyclist in October 2008.
During the sentencing hearing in June, Robinson’s lawyer called his client the poster child for failure who might be able to bring some insight to others, especially those in the First Nations community.
Robinson’s troubles led the RCMP to single him out as a bad apple within its ranks.
The four officers went to Vancouver’s airport on Oct. 14, 2007, after Dziekanski, a Polish immigrant who spoke no English, started throwing furniture.
Within seconds of their arrival, Dziekanski was jolted several times with a Taser and died on the floor of the arrivals terminal.
Robert Dziekanski’s mother, Zofia Cisowski, shows a photo of her late son in the Braidwood Commission report, outside B.C. Supreme Court after former Mountie Benjamin “Monty” Robinson was sentenced Friday for lying to the inquiry into Dziekanski’s death.