Neal Hall (Vancouver Sun) – An RCMP officer who was present during the 2007 death of Robert Dziekanski at Vancouver’s airport has been ordered to stand trial for an unrelated criminal charge stemming from a fatal car accident.
Cpl. Benjamin (Monty) Robinson, 41, is accused of obstruction of justice after being involved in a 2008 accident in Delta that killed motorcyclist Orion Hutchinson, 21.
A preliminary inquiry was held this week in Surrey Provincial Court, where the judge ordered Robinson to stand trial.
The officer has elected to be tried by a judge and jury. He will appear May 19 in B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster to fix a trial date.
Hutchinson was killed the night of Oct. 25, 2008, when his motorcycle was struck by a Jeep driven by Robinson, who was off duty at the time.
After the accident, the officer claimed he walked to his nearby home and had a couple shots of vodka, then returned to the scene of the accident.
He was arrested and gave two breathalyzer samples.
Robinson was the senior officer on duty when Dziekanski, 40, died at Vancouver International Airport after he was repeatedly shot with an electronic stun gun on Oct. 14, 2007.
Thomas Braidwood, the retired judge who headed a public inquiry into the tragedy, found the four officers mishandled the situation by approaching Dziekanski as though they were dealing with a pub brawl instead of a distraught and exhausted visitor who had spent more than 10 hours in the airport after arriving from Poland. The Crown found no wrongdoing on the part of the officers.