A BC Supreme Court judge must decide if jail time is warranted against Constable Kwesi Millington, an RCMP officer convicted of perjury.
Millington is one of four officers originally accused of lying about the events leading up to the taser-related death of 40-year old Robert Dziekanski at Vancouver International Airport in 2007.
Crown Counsel Scott Fenton says a conditional sentence is not appropriate,so he’s seeking incarceration of a least 18 months and as long as 36 months.
But Millington’s lawyer says a one year conditional term is more appropriate, which means he would avoid jail time.
One of two officers found guilty of perjury
The 38-year old Millington was found guilty of lying under oath at a public inquiry in 2009.
He’s accused of colluding with the three other Mounties involved.
Millington, who’s currently on sick leave, is worried he’ll lose his job if he goes to prison.
He’s hoping to have his February conviction overturned by the BC Court of Appeal.
One other former officer, Monty Robinson was also convicted of perjury. His sentencing hearing is set for June.
Two other officers, Constable Gerry Rundel and Constable Bill Bentley were acquitted.
A crown appeal of Bentley’s acquittal is currently underway.
Victim’s mother wants officer to get jail time
Dziekanski’s mother Zofia Cisowski says she wants to see Millington behind bars.
“He should go to jail because he tasered my son.”
In her victim impact statement, Cisowski said the lies told by the officers involved would have ‘tainted’ her son’s memory forever.
Decision not expected until next month
BC Supreme Court Justice William Ehrcke has reserved decision until June 22nd.