November 12, 2013 - 10:49 AM
OSOYOOS - Questions over alleged complaints about an RCMP officer's conduct have gone unanswered by the force.
Steve Condon, 51, believes he was set up to take the blame for a pair of vehicle thefts conducted last fall from Goyal's home in Osoyoos. Condon said he has had impaired driving and driving while disqualified charges laid against him and had run-ins with Goyal a year prior to the auto thefts.
Scrutiny, rumours and harrassment following the theft allegations drove Condon to move from Osoyoos to Surrey.
In the summer of 2010 Goyal attended a domestic dispute and allegedly used pepper spray and drew his gun. RCMP officials stated they would conduct an investigation into the matter.
When the RCMP were called yesterday about issues surrounding Goyal an officer at the station in Osoyoos declined to comment and Cpl. Dan Moskaluk in Penticton did the same. A statement was emailed instead but it did not detail anything about Goyal.
"In general, as you know, we typically do not confirm or deny investigations unless there is an investigational or public safety need," Moskaluk wrote. "Specific details about any investigation only become known when that investigation results in charges being laid by Crown counsel. Conducting a parallel media investigation prior to charges being laid could potentially be damaging to the judicial process."
The statement said when a member is charged with a criminal offence the RCMP "demonstrates transparency and pro-actively releases that information."
What is known is Goyal left his home at the gated community of Sole Vita in Osoyoos mid-June, according to a community staff person who did not know where Goyal went.
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