The first Mountie to be prosecuted for allegedly lying about the death of Robert Dziekanski likely won’t face prosecution again.
The BC Court of Appeal has dismissed the Crown’s bid for a second trial against Const. Bill Bentley, who was acquitted in the summer of 2013.
Justice Ann MacKenzie says the lower court decision was fair and not “tainted by legal error.”
She also agrees the Crown’s evidence was based on circumstantial evidence, and there’s no proof Bentley intended to lie when he testified at a public inquiry about Dziekanski’s death.
The Polish immigrant died after he was confronted by Bentley and three other Mounties at the Vancouver airport in 2007.
Bentley has declined a request for an interview, saying he fears retribution from the RCMP, but he’s hoping this is now over.
Prosecutors may still file an appeal with the Supreme Court of Canada.