Manitoba

Manitoba Mounties found guilty of assaulting man

Two RCMP officers have been found guilty of assault for beating a man outside a bar in Manitoba's cottage country in 2008.

Two RCMP officers have been found guilty of assault for beating a man outside a bar in Manitoba's cottage country nearly three years ago.

Cpl. Jeffrey Moyse and Const. Trevor Ens were convicted on Monday of assaulting Conley Papineau in the Oct. 24, 2008, incident, which began in the parking lot of the Birchwood Hotel, a popular bar for cottagers around Victoria Beach.

Papineau, who at the time was a 19-year-old roofer from Pine Falls-Powerview area, testified earlier this year that he suffered a number of injuries, including a broken nose, in what he described as an unprovoked attack.

Papineau said he was knocked down, punched, handcuffed and thrown into a police car. He told the court he was struck again while he was being transported to an RCMP detachment.

Papineau testified that he did nothing to provoke the attack and he was never charged. Moyse and Ens were charged with assault in January 2010, following a lengthy investigation.

Moyse and Ens testified that they believed the man was intoxicated and intended to drive when they stopped him.

However, the Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench ruled that security camera footage of the incident showed the victim had displayed no signs of intoxication and he appeared respectful of police.

The two Mounties are expected to be sentenced next month.

RCMP officials told CBC News that the two members are currently "non-operational" and have no contact with the public.

With files from The Canadian Press

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