Prison possible as former Mountie awaits sentencing for perjury in Taser death

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The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER: A former RCMP officer in British Columbia expects to be sentenced today for lying to the inquiry that probed the death of Robert Dziekanski at Vancouver International Airport.

The Crown is seeking a three-year sentence while the defence wants a conditional term for Benjamin (Monty) Robinson, convicted of perjury in March for testimony he gave to the inquiry examining Dziekanski’s October 2007 death.

Robinson and RCMP Const. Kwesi Millington were both found guilty in separate B.C. Supreme Court trials and Millington was sentenced in June to 30 months in prison, although he is currently appealing his conviction.

Two other officers who were with Robinson and Millington the night Dziekanski died were acquitted of perjury.

The 40-year-old victim, who spoke no English, had arrived on a flight from Poland but somehow spent 10 hours lost inside the airport before RCMP were called to deal with reports of an agitated man.

Within moments of arriving at the airport, the four officers surrounded Dziekanski and stunned him repeatedly with a Taser before he collapsed and died.

 

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