A decision whether to approve or decline the charges recommended against RCMP Corporal Benjamin “Monty” Robinson,( in the death of 21-year-old Orion Hutchinson,) is expected shortly.
” Certainly, we are not talking about a matter of months, nor are we even talking about a matter of weeks at this point,” said Robin Baird, A/Communications Counsel for the Criminal Justice Branch, when I interviewed him by phone this afternoon in Victoria. ” The public can expect an announcement shortly.”
When asked why there has been such a delay in the decision, Baird went on to say that Crown received material disclosure in the case as recently as this week, and added: ” The time is ripe for a decision.”
” We are nearing completion, but we need to be deliberate and complete in considering the information.”
When asked if the public could expect an announcement before Christmas, he replied: ” I would say most certainly.”
On october 25th,2008, Orion Hutchinson was riding his motorcycle in Delta when he was struck by an off-duty RCMP officer – Corporal Benjamin ‘Monty’ Robinson.Hutchinson died at the scene, but Delta police said the driver of the vehicle that struck him left the scene, and returned later where he failed a breathalyzer test.
Following a lengthy, 7 month-long investigation, Delta police finally announced in June, of this year, that they were recommending charges of dangerous driving causing death, and impaired driving causing death.
Since then,Crown has been the subject of public scrutiny for the length of time it has taken to make a decision to proceed on those charges or not, in light of the fact one year has passed since the death of Orion.
Baird said that Crown is always mindful of the family’s emotions – as well as the public’s – with regards to justice, but that it is important every bit of material is thoroughly examined before proceeding.
When asked if the delay had anything to do with the charges being recommended against a member of the RCMP, Baird said:
” Absolutely not. ” Baird repeated that Crown is always mindful of the need for public confidence in the system.
Corporal Robinson was the senior officer among the four RCMP members involved in the tasering of Robert Dziekanski at YVR .