Alberta briefs – November 29

An Alberta man who was badly beaten by an RCMP officer says he did nothing to provoke the attack.

Mountie pleads guilty to assaulting prisoner in detachment cell

EDMONTON — An Alberta man who was badly beaten by an RCMP officer says he did nothing to provoke the attack.

Andrew Clyburn told CTV News Saturday that he merely corrected Const. Desmond Sandboe on his last name, and the Mountie “lost it.”

The 33-year-old oil worker was arrested on Sept. 13, 2009 after a bar fight and then taken to the Lac La Biche detachment where the beating occurred.

Video of the savage attack was made public after Sandboe pleaded guilty to assault on Friday, and after seeing it for the first time, Clyburn told CTV he found it “unreal.”

Sandboe is to be sentenced Jan. 27.

The RCMP is also conducting an internal probe that will be completed after the criminal process is done.


EDMONTON — A traditional Canadian winter activity turned tragic for a visitor from Europe who went snowmobiling near Edmonton.

RCMP say the man was riding the snowmobile in a rural field in Strathcona County on Saturday when he struck a barbed wire fence.

Police say he suffered serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

He was the only rider on the machine.

The victim is believed to have been in his 40s, but his name hasn’t been released yet.

Investigators say they believe inexperience was a factor in the accident.