Wednesday, March 24, 2010

An odd coincidence, or ?

From the Vancouver Province, March 23, 2010:

Orion Hutchinson was impaired when he was killed in a collision with an allegedly impaired off-duty Mountie, a coroners report revealed yesterday.

The 21-year-old motorcyclist was over the legal limit and speeding at between 66 and 96 km/h when he collided with Cpl. Monty Robinson's vehicle in Tsawwassen, coroner Mark Coleman wrote in his findings.

"Speed and alcohol intoxication on the part of Mr. Hutchinson were contributing factors," Coleman wrote.

The coroner's conclusions were released on the same day bereaved mother Judith Hutchinson found herself sitting in a Surrey courtroom hoping to find some justice for her son.

Robinson — the RCMP officer charged with obstruction of justice in the fatal crash involving the motorcyclist — was not present in court, but had a not-guilty plea entered on his behalf.

Hutchinson died October 25, 2008. The Coroner's Report respecting his death is dated January 20, 2010 but it was released to the public on March 23, 2010, the same day RCMP Corporal Monty Robinson was scheduled to enter a plea in charges related to Hutchinson's death.

Who decided to hold the Coroner's Report from its date of completion in January until the day of Robinson's plea? Incidentally, the Corporal has not yet attended court. His plea was entered by a representative. No perp walks for these guys.
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