RCMP officer found guilty of perjury in Dziekanski tasering case

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UPDATE: Former Corporal Benjamin (Monty) Robinson was convicted of perjury for his testimony at a public inquiry into the tasering case of Robert Dziekanski on March 20, 2015. Robinson’s case was especially well-known due to the fact that he had earlier been convicted of obstruction of justice after he struck and killed a motorcyclist in Delta. He claimed during trial that he had driven home and had two shots of vodka to “calm his nerves”, impacting his blood-alcohol level when later tested.

RCMP officer Constable Kwesi Millington blames a fast-moving trial for his mistakes testifying during the Robert Dziekanski tasering case.

Today, the B.C. Supreme Court found Millington guilty of perjury for lying during an inquiry into Dziekanski’s death. Millington was the officer that fired a Taser at Dziekanski the night he died at the Vancouver International Airport in 2007.

Millington was one of four RCMP officers who attended the scene when Dziekanski became agitated in the International Arrivals Lounge of the airport. After picking up a stapler, Dziekanski was tasered multiple times by Constable Millington. He died shortly after.

The Braidwood Inquiry into Dziekanski’s death began in 2009 and included testimonies under oath from Millington and the other three officers. All four officers have since been charged with perjury after being accused of lying under oath. Constable Bill Bentley was acquitted of perjury in 2013 and the other two officers, Constable Rundel and Corporal Robinson, have cases still underway.

Constable Millington has been found guilty for lying 10 separate times on the stand about the status of Dziekanski during the tasering and his actions that night. A sentence has not yet been laid. According to the Criminal Code of Canada, anyone who commits perjury is guilty of an indictable offense and liable to no more than 14 years in prison.

 

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