RCMP seeking Robinson's dismissal from the force
RCMP officials said Friday (March 23) they are seeking the dismissal of Cpl. Benjamin Monty Robinson.
The news comes after Robinson being found guilty of obstruction of justice in the death of Tsawwassen motorcycle rider Orion Hutchinson on Oct. 25, 2008.
Robinson continues to collect full pay.
RCMP Assistant Commissioner Norm Lipinski told a press briefing in Surrey the commanding officer for the RCMP is seeking Robinson's dismissal, but added Robinson is entitled to due process.
Lipinski also said in light of the judge's decision, the Mounties will be launching an obstruction of justice investigation.
A code of conduct investigation is already underway, and Robinson still faces RCMP internal allegations of disgraceful conduct for operating a motor vehicle while impaired, failing to remain at the scene, and failing to render assistance.
Lipinski took time to apologize to the Hutchison family.
"I can only imagine how difficult this process has been for the family of Orion Hutchison," Lipinski said. "On behalf of the RCMP, I wish to express our sympathy and sorrow for what they've gone through and what they continue to go through."