Recently resigned RCMP coporal Monty Robinson will serve no time for killing a young motorcyclist, Orion Hutchinson in Delta, B.C. in 2008. Evidence revealed Robinson was driving home from a party where he'd downed five beers. After hitting Hutchinson, Robinson fled the scene of the accident for his nearby home where he took himself out of a manslaughter charge by drinking liquor there before police officers could arrive. That way it was impossible for the police to prove Robinson had been drunk behind the wheel.
The best the cops could do was charge Mountie Monty with obstruction of justice which is punishable by up to ten years imprisonment. The Crown argued for a jail term of a few months but the judge, noting that Robinson was a first offender, an alcoholic and aboriginal, let him off with a month of house arrest and a less restrictive 11-month follow on term.
I think it was completely right for the judge to take the first offender/alcoholic/aboriginal factors into account but she ought to have offset that by the facts that Robinson was a veteran police officer who perverted the system to dodge a manslaughter charge.
Robinson is also facing a perjury charge relating to the killing of Robert Dziekanski at the hands of four RCMP officers at Vancouver Airport.