Kamloops RCMP conducting internal review of tossed gun-bust case, awaiting appeal results

KAMLOOPS - Local RCMP is currently conducting an internal review of a case recently tossed from B.C. Supreme Court after a judge dismissed all the evidence obtained by RCMP due to numerous errors violating the accused’s Charter rights.

Charles Patrick was acquitted in December 2015 after Justice Hope Hyslop determined the case couldn’t survive against him. She dismissed the case entirely because she found Kamloops RCMP violated Patrick’s Charter rights when they arrested him and before they searched his home which resulted in the seizure of multiple firearms.

On Dec. 22, Crown filed an appeal to challenge the decision.

“We respect the decision of the courts, but part of the process allows us to appeal those decisions and Crown is exercising that right,” Supt. Brad Mueller says.

In the meantime, he directed an internal review of Hyslop’s decision. A directive will be taken once a decision on the appeal comes forward, he says.

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