A B.C. Supreme Court judge has found former RCMP corporal Benjamin Robinson guilty of perjury during a public inquiry into the death of Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski’s.
In October 2007, Dziekanski was stunned to death by police for picking up a stapler in the international arrivals area of Vancouver International Airport.
Robinson is one of four RCMP officers charged with lying in their testimony of how the incident unfolded. A judge has found that all the officers who responded to the scene colluded with each other in the hours following Dziekanski’s death.
Robinson’s case is especially well-known as he is facing a total of eight charges, two of which he has been found guilty of. At the time of the incident, he was the senior officer at the airport.
In addition to charges related to the Dziekanski case, he had also been convicted of obstruction of justice after he struck and killed a 21-year-old motorcyclist in Delta in October 2008.
One of the constables, Bill Bentley, was acquitted of perjury in 2013. Last month, the court also found Constable Kwesi Millington of perjury, ignoring his excuse on the fast-moving trial for his mistakes during his testimonies.
According to the Criminal Code of Canada, anyone who commits perjury is guilty of an indictable offense and could face up to 14 years in prison.