Steven Blackmore's future unclear, following not guilty verdict
'I don't know what his plans are, it's been a very difficult position for him,' lawyer says
One of the lawyers for RCMP Cpl. Steven Blackmore says the assault trial where he was found not guilty has been 'hell for him.'
Lawyer Erin Breen made the comments Thursday on the steps of Supreme Court in St. John's after Blackmore was found not guilty on all 10 charges he was facing.
"We are very, very pleased for our client," said Breen. "He's had an ordeal that I can't describe — going from being a police officer with the RCMP, a corporal with the RCMP, to very publicly being accused of the most heinous crimes possible," she said.
'He managed to get through'
"Mr. Blackmore is a very resilient man, he managed to get through this trial," Been said.
"But I can tell you that at one point in the trial there was an issue where we were concerned about what was going to happen … and I could honestly see the emotional impact this was taking on him," Breen continued.
Blackmore has been on paid leave from the RCMP since then.
Breen says it's unclear what will happen to Blackmore's career now that he has been found not guilty.
"I don't know what his plans are," she said. "It's been a very difficult position for him, obviously, an RCMP officer being investigated and then charged by his own force."
"I don't know if [Blackmore] is going to take a new direction. I don't think at this point he is in a place to make that decision yet."
Crown witnesses had no credibility, defence says
During the trial, another of Blackmore's lawyers, Bob Simmonds, called the main complainant in the case a liar.
Blackmore had been charged with assaulting her six times, including once with a knife, and sexually assaulting her twice.
Simmonds told the jury, consisting of seven men and five women, that the defence caught her in 10 lies.
Simmonds said that put the credibility of anything the complainant said into question.
Crown prosecutor Jeff Summers responded that the main complainant did lie twice, but admitted to lying and gave her reasons – one of them being she wasn't sure what might happen with the accusations against Blackmore given the fact that he is a police officer.
Summers said she was credible, even if she did mix up a few dates.
When it came to the other complainant, Summers argued that Blackmore used more force than necessary when he pushed her.
On Thursday Breen stood by hers and Simmonds' claim about the lack of credibility of the witnesses called.
"We felt the Crown witnesses here did not have any credibility," she said.
"We brought to light in the trial a lot of evidence that the police didn't have in the original investigation, which I think was a problem from day number one."
"There was clearly an investigation here that we felt was very one sided [...] obviously the jury agreed."