Cop who Tasered Dziekanski at YVR on trial
RCMP Constable Kwesi Millington (left) and his lawyer Ravi Hira at the Braidwood Inquiry in 2009. (FILE PHOTO)
The perjury trial of a Mountie who fatally Tasered Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski in 2007 began Monday with legal arguments over the case’s ties to a previous trial.
Kwesi Millington, who was ordered to fire the Taser, is being tried to determine whether he lied under oath at a public inquiry.
Bill Bentley, a similarly charged officer, was earlier acquitted of the allegation.
Millington, Bentley and a third officer, Gerry Rundel, were on their own after being sent back to a YVR sub-detachment for about an hour after the Tasering on that night, and the Crown is alleging that the officers colluded on a story at the time.
Prosecutor Eric Gottardi is trying to call evidence that would suggest collusion between the officers based on “similarities and differences” in their notes and statements.
“The defence is trying to apply to the judge to prevent the Crown from calling the same evidence as the Bentley trial,” he said outside court.
Defence counsel Ravi Hira told the court the Crown would rely on Rundel’s notes and statements, since he’s the only witness whose evidence has “relevance on the matter,” but stressed that the officer has already denied any collusion.