Perjury trial hears of alleged meeting between Mounties in Dziekanski case

The trial for a former RCMP officer charged with perjury has heard allegations that the four Mounties involved in Robert Dziekanski’s death met before testifying at a public inquiry.

VANCOUVER — The trial for a former RCMP officer charged with perjury has heard allegations that the four Mounties involved in Robert Dziekanski’s death met before testifying at a public inquiry.

Benjamin (Monty) Robinson, one of four officers who confronted Dziekanski at Vancouver’s airport in October 2007, is accused of lying at a public inquiry that was held two years later.

Janice Norgard, who once lived with the cousin of Const. Bill Bentley, says Bentley, Robinson and the two other officers involved met at her home in January or February of 2009.

Norgard says she was in another room during the meeting and doesn’t know what was said, but the Crown has alleged they met to plan their testimony at the inquiry.

But the defence suggests Norgard in wrong about the timeline and other details of the alleged meeting.

For example, Norgard says her spouse had moved out by the time the meeting occurred, but court records from their separation indicate he didn’t move out until April — after the officers’ testimony.

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