RCMP Cpl. Benjamin Monty Robinson, the man who killed 21-year-old Orion Hutchinson and then left the scene to have a couple of shots of vodka rather than check to see if Hutchinson was still alive, will be sentenced for obstructing justice on June 1, 2012.
The sentencing date was set this past Wednesday.
Robinson has never been charged with the death of Orion Hutchinson, only with obstructing the investigation into his part into the young man’s death.
Robinson, whose credibility was severely tested after he was caught lying on the stand, is still on the RCMP’s payroll some 3-1/2 years later.
During that entire time I have not found a single news report or shred of evidence that Robinson has any remorse for his actions, or that he feels he even did anything wrong.
He has, of course, lied in court before and still faces perjury charges in connection with the death of Robert Dziekanski. Robinson and 3 other RCMP members are all accused of lying under oath to cover up their part in killing the Polish immigrant.
It is repulsive to me that a cop could leave the scene of an accident he caused without even bothering to see if the man he hit was still alive. It appears that running home for a couple of shots of vodka to screw up any chance of being charged with impaired driving was far more important than a young man’s life.
Over the past few years I’ve written extensively about this disgraceful and pathetic example of the RCMP, and odds are good that I’ll be writing more about him as he is sentenced for this crime, and when he finally comes to trial for perjury in the Dziekanski case.
According to news reports Robinson will be sentenced at New Westminster’s BC Supreme Court building.
While I have not confirmed it, I suspect that Orion Hutchinson’s parents will be in court to see if any actual justice is served. The maximum sentence that Robinson can receive is 10 years and it is my ardent prayer that he receives that for his crime.
It’s a disgrace beyond words that this guy is still being paid his full RCMP salary. Maybe sometime this year the RCMP will see their way clear to finally remove this piece of trash from the payroll.
Larry Clare says
Remove him and many more like him.But I think I’m aiming a little high for the people that call themselves law makers/enforcers.
Commissioner Paulson is requesting changes in the labour legislation governing the RCMP. He wants the power to fire the really bad officers.
I wish him well in this, but that by itself won’t be near enough. There are obviously problems with both recruitment and training.
By trying to fill the role of what is, constitutionally, provincial policing there isn’t enough room, personnel wise to reform the federal police.
All the political correctness and ineptitude that pervades the federal bureaucracy has also infected the R.C.M.P.
To what degree that has reduced their effectiveness on their core duties of dealing with organized crime, commercial crime and security matters remains an open question.
Having them administer the federal civilian disarmament program has alienated them from millions of ordinary Canadians.
The new para-military attitude towards policing will ensure the alienation continues.
Don Laird says
Now, if you the judge will have the power to deal this murdering piece of human garbage what he truly deserves….a substantial prison sentence.
Christopher, do you know what court he will be sentenced in?
Regards, Don Laird
Edson, Alberta, Canada
Christopher di Armani says
The information I found, Don, was that he would be sentenced at New Westminster’s BC Supreme Court building on June 1, 2012. I’m going to try and attend in person.
J Sullivan says
Another troubling thing about this whole debacle and is conveniently overlooked by the media relations people of the RCMP, is that Robinson admitted to having drinks before the accident, and he still drove his vehicle with children! Yet the RCMP is only to often ready to criticize other drivers who drink and drive with their children in the vehicle. Seems like they don’t want to make things to rough on dear old “Monty”