Orion Hutchinson was a young man with a bright future ahead of him. That is, until he was killed by RCMP Corporal Benjamin Monty Robinson. On Friday the disgraced RCMP corporal was finally convicted of a charge of obstruction of justice. He has never been charged with the death of Orion Hutchinson.
Robinson, who has graced the pages of this website many times for his atrocious behaviour in both the Robert Dziekanski and Orion Hutchinson killings, may now finally be stripped of his lucrative paid holiday.
Much to my disgust and the disgust of many others across Canada, RCMP Corporal Benjamin Monty Robinson has been paid his full salary since being suspended from active duty over three years ago. That's three years of vacation paid for by you and me, all because the RCMP is too cowardly to get rid of awful cops like Robinson.
Robinson left the scene of the accident that cost Orion Hutchinson his life without even bothering to check to see if the young man was alive. It was far more important to him to run home with his kids and down a couple of shots of vodka than see if the man he had struck was alive.
That total disregard for human life is one of the reasons I've been so outspoken about this case. There is absolutely NO PLACE in the RCMP for men so grossly lacking in character and moral fibre as Monty Robinson.
We "mere citizens" depend on police to do the right thing, not run from the scene of their crimes like common criminals.
Yes, we all make mistakes. But anyone with even the slightest sense of humanity and compassion would, at the very least, check to see if the man laying in the middle of the intersection was alive.
Not Monty Robinson. His only thought was of how to get away with drinking, driving and killing a man.
“This was a serious situation that resulted in a fatality. A veteran off-duty police officer acting reasonably would not have behaved as Robinson did. This was not a simple error of judgment, mistake, or inadvertence,” Madam Justice Janice Dillon said.
I'm gratified to see Justice Dillon making this point so clearly. Let me be clear about something here. While Robinson made a big issue during this trial about how his drinking had increased after the Dziekanski killing, his problems were present long before that fateful day. Had the RCMP dealt with Robinson and his cronies properly in that case, it is very likely Orion Hutchinson would be alive today.
Robinson lied from the very beginning, and kept lying all the way through the investigation and through his trial. He claimed he only had two drinks at the party until he was confronted with his lies by a waitress at the party he was attending prior to killing Hutchinson. Only after being found out did he finally admit he had five drinks, not two.
He said he drank the two shots of vodka at home to "calm his nerves", yet testimony came out in his trial that he had attended a course where he learned how to escape a drunk-driving charge: by drinking more immediately following the accident. This act makes it impossible to determine what his blood-alcohol level was at the time of the accident.
Thankfully, like with the rest of his testimony, the judge wasn't buying into his lies.
“Robinson’s act of drinking the vodka was, I conclude, willfully designed to set up the defence that he had learned during his police training.”
This is not, of course, the first time RCMP Corporal Monty Robinson has lied in court. He's done that many times before, and if he follows with his pattern he will lie in court again. He, along with the three other RCMP members who killed Robert Dziekanski, still faces a charge of perjury in the Dziekanski case.
The one positive thing coming out of this trial is that the RCMP is finally going to attempt to remove Robinson from the RCMP payroll. This is, in my opinion, something that is many years overdue.
“Everyone, including a police officer, is entitled to due process. Cpl. Robinson has had his trial and the court has convicted him,” RCMP. Assistant Commissioner Norm Lipinski said. “To be found guilty of obstructing justice is a very serious matter for a police officer.”
The RCMP will, he said, finally seek the dismissal of RCMP Corporal Monty Robinson.
It's about bloody time.
While this conviction is a far cry from justice in the death of Orion Hutchinson case, at least Orion's parents were able to hear the word they've waited for since hearing their son had been killed by an RCMP corporal:
My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Hutchinson family. I also pray that Madam Justice Janice Dillon will see it fitting to sentence Monty Robinson to the maximum allowable for this crime, ten years in prison.