One of the four Mounties accused of lying during testimony at a public inquiry into the death of Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski will learn his fate Monday.
Constable Bill Bentley’s trial last month
was the first of four perjury cases against the officers who confronted
Mr. Dziekanski at Vancouver’s airport in October, 2007, stunning him
several times with a taser. He died on the floor of the terminal.
Constables Bentley, Kwesi Millington and Gerry Rundell, and former
corporal Benjamin (Monty) Robinson found a distraught Mr. Dziekanski
throwing furniture in the arrivals terminal. Mr. Dziekanski had been
inside the terminal for 10 hours and was unable to communicate because
he didn’t speak English.
Constable Bentley’s legal troubles began
when he tried to explain during the 2009 Braidwood Inquiry the
differences between what could be seen on amateur video and what he
initially told homicide investigators.
The constable told
investigators and wrote in his notes that the Polish immigrant grabbed a
stapler and came at the officers screaming, was stunned and wrestled to