For­mer Moun­tie gets two years for ly­ing at Taser death in­quiry

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA - THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

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.

CP PHOTO

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.

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