Surrey Six officer misconduct trial delayed until 2014
CTV British Columbia
Published Tuesday, May 7, 2013 1:22PM PDT
Last Updated Tuesday, May 7, 2013 3:59PM PDT
The trial for four police officers accused of misconduct during one of the biggest murder investigations in B.C. history has been adjourned until next year.
The case against Sgt. Derek Brassington, Sgt. David Attew, Cpl. Paul Johnston and Cpl. Danny Michaud – who all worked on the Surrey Six mass murder investigation -- was due to begin this September.
But during a hearing Tuesday morning the trial was postponed until September 2014.
The four officers are accused of compromising the integrity of a witness, obstruction and overtime fraud.
They were suspended with pay in 2010 and charged a year later after allegations that Brassington slept with a witness in the 2007 case.
Further investigation led to numerous additional allegations, including that officers claimed false expenses and overtime while others tried to cover for them.
Sgt. Brassington resigned from the RCMP last week following the announcement he was charged with theft under $5,000 related to a separate case.
He is accused of stealing merchandise from a recreation facility in Burnaby. Court proceedings are slated to begin May 30.
This is the second time the case has been delayed amidst squabbling about who would pay for the legal bills to defend the Mounties.
The three other officers are still collecting their RCMP paycheque.
The Surrey Six murders were committed in a high-rise apartment unit in October 2007. Two innocent bystanders, 22-year-old Chris Mohan and 55-year-old gas fitter Ed Schellenberg, were among the victims.