Hamilton sergeant’s appeal of disciplinary case dismissed
A Hamilton police sergeant who appealed her disciplinary case to court has had her judicial review dismissed.
The court decision means that Sgt. Helena Pereira’s sentencing will go forward.
Pereira, who was found guilty of several disciplinary charges, had accused the hearing officer, Morris Elbers, of bias because he shared pizza with the prosecutor, Gary Melanson, and an investigator during the hearing.
Elbers refused her request that he recuse himself.
Pereira then appealed to court for a judge to decide.
On Feb. 6, the court dismissed that judicial review, not on its merit, but as being “premature,” a Police Services Act teleconference on the case heard Wednesday.
With the appeal dismissed, Pereira now goes on to the sentencing phase.
In July 2015, Pereira was convicted of three misconduct charges for pushing a drunk prisoner into a cell, taking charge when she shouldn’t have, and not immediately disclosing a conflict of interest when her arrested cousin was brought into the cell area where she was a supervisor. The incidents took place in 2013. The disciplinary case resumes May 4 for sentencing submissions at the Hamilton Police Service central station.
Pereira: three misconduct convictions