Perjury trial stalls over officer’s statement

Global News

VANCOUVER – The rights of an RCMP officer involved in Robert Dziekanski’s death would be violated if a statement he made to homicide investigators is admitted into his perjury trial, his lawyer argued Wednesday as she attempted to keep a key piece of the Crown’s evidence out of the case.

Const. Bill Bentley is accused of lying six times at the public inquiry that examined what happened when Dziekanski was stunned with a Taser at Vancouver’s airport. Bentley was among four officers who confronted Dziekanski, and all four have been charged with perjury.

Three of Bentley’s alleged lies relate to a statement he gave to homicide investigators several hours after Dziekanski died in October 2007 — specifically, testimony during the inquiry in which he explained apparent inaccuracies in that statement.

But Bentley’s lawyer told a pre-trial hearing on Wednesday that Bentley was compelled to give the statement, because he was…

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