A Vancouver Police officer, who is under investigation for allegedly lying and interfering with a homicide investigation in Oak Bay dating back to 2001, is related to the prime suspect in the case, CBC News has learned.

In 2001 Owen Padmore, 31, died of head injuries apparently sustained from a fall in his mother's Oak Bay home.

Then, two years ago, new information sparked a homicide investigation, and a suspect was arrested and charged with manslaughter by Oak Bay Police.

But that case mysteriously fell apart.

Now Vancouver Police have confirmed a 13-year veteran of their force faces serious offences under the Police Act for interfering in that case.

According to a statement released by Vancouver police on Thursday afternoon, the officer under investigation lied to the homicide investigators, accessed restricted police databases and provided information to another person. 

Oak Bay police have confirmed the alleged interference compromised their homicide investigation.

After the allegations came to light in 2011,  New Westminster Police Chief David Jones was assigned by the Office of the Police Complaints Commission to conduct an investigation.

As a result of that investigation, the officer is facing charges of:

  • Two counts of deceit.
  • One count of neglect of duty.
  • One count of corrupt practice.
  • One count of improper disclosure of information.

The officer was also suspended with pay by Vancouver police in August 2011.

The Vancouver police board is now considering whether to suspend the officer with or without pay while the case remains under investigation.

With files from the CBC's Eric Rankin