Vancouver officer should be fired for deceit, probe finds
New Westminster's chief constable says a 13-year veteran of the Vancouver Police Department should be fired following allegations he lied during a homicide probe into the 2001 death of an Oak Bay man.
In 2001 Owen Padmore, 31, died of head injuries apparently sustained from a fall in his mother's Oak Bay home.
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.
In July, CBC News learned an unidentified Vancouver officer, who is related to the prime suspect in the case, was suspended with pay in 2011.
But that changed last month when the Vancouver Police Board changed his status to suspended without pay.
New Westminster Police Chief Const. Dave Jones was assigned to investigate the case and in July substantiated several serious offences under the Police Act against the officer, including:
- Two counts of deceit.
- One count of neglect of duty.
- One count of corrupt practice.
- One count of improper disclosure of information.
Oak Bay police have confirmed the alleged interference compromised their homicide investigation.
On Thursday, Jones recommended the officer should be dismissed on two counts of deceit and suspended from duty without pay for 10 to 20 days on the other offences.
But VPD spokesperson Randy Fincham says the officer has requested a public hearing into that matter, meaning a judge will determine the final punishment.