B.C. court rules Crown can now allege officer collusion
RCMP Constable Kwesi Millington (left) and his lawyer Ravi Hira at the Braidwood Inquiry in 2009. (FILE PHOTO)
A B.C. Supreme Court has dismissed an application made by the RCMP officer who fatally Tasered Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski.
On Thursday, Justice William Ehrcke ruled that Crown prosecutors could now allege that Const. Kwesi Millington, along with two other officers, may have colluded about Dziekanski’s Tasering while alone together before speaking with homicide investigators.
It’s alleged Millington lied at the Braidwood Inquiry when he testified about the incident at Vancouver airport nearly seven years ago.
The court dismissed the defence’s argument that since a judge found Const. Bill Bentley — who had been a co-accused — innocent of perjury, and specifically of collusion, that the finding should also apply to Millington.
“The issue at the Bentley trial is not identical to the issue to be tried at the present trial,” Ehrcke said.