Court news: Guilty verdict for police officer assault

Cowichan Lake related court news, from the Duncan Courthouse, Sunday, July 24, to Thursday, July 28.

  • Aug. 2, 2011 6:00 a.m.

 

Over a year after assaulting a Lake Cowichan RCMP officer, Larry McKenzie has been found guilty.

Appearing in court Tuesday, July 26, the verdict was read out as a $200 fine and a victim surcharge of $30, to be paid to Victim Services.

The incident itself took place June 26, 2010, outside Lake Cowichan’s Esso Station.

“He attempted to head-but him twice, and kicked the (RCMP) member from the back of the cruiser,” Lake Cowichan RCMP Cpl. Warren Potter said, of McKenzie’s violent actions.

McKenzie was being arrested for an outstanding warrant related to a June 12, 2009, incident of willfully resisting or obstructing a peace officer in Duncan. A bench warrant had been issued at the Duncan Courthouse on June 22, with McKenzie found a few days later in Lake Cowichan, during which time he assaulted the Lake Cowichan RCMP officer.

Other appearances;

Kody Bruinsma has been charged in connection to an April 22 assault in Lake Cowichan. During a Tuesday, July 26, appearance at the Duncan Courthouse it was announced that a trial would begin April 30, 2012. A trial confirmation hearing will be held March 20, 2012.

• At the Duncan Courthouse, Tuesday, July 26, it was announced that Susan Anderson will begin trial September 6 of this year for charges related to a November 21, 2008, incident of allegedly caring for or controlling a vehicle or vessel while impaired, and caring for or controlling a vehicle/vessel with a blood alcohol level of over .08, in Lake Cowichan.

• A bench warrant has been issued for Benjamin Joseph Young, who was to appear at a trial confirmation hearing at the Duncan Courthouse, Tuesday, July 26. The appearance was to be made in relation to a July 28, 2010, incident of failure or refusal to provide sample (related to blood alcohol levels).

• Lake Cowichan RCMP Cst. Kevan Cranmer is expected to enter his plea during the officer’s second appearance at the Duncan Courthouse, Tuesday, August 30. Cranmer is facing charges related to a December 13, 2010, assault in Lake Cowichan.

• Three people stood trial last week to face charges related to a July 13, 2010, theft of $5,000 or under in Caycuse.

The case against the three was dismissed, after having been brought up in the courts about 14 times since September of 2010.

Much of the information presented in this article is according to the Ministry of the Attorney General’s website.

 

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