Second Mountie acquitted of perjury stemming from Dziekanski inquiry
RCMP Const. Gerry Rundel departs for the lunch break during the second day of his testimony at the Braidwood inquiry into the Taser-related death of Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski in Vancouver, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009. (Darryl Dyck / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, April 30, 2015 4:29PM PDT
VANCOUVER - A second Mountie has been acquitted of perjury stemming from a public inquiry into Robert Dziekanski's death at Vancouver's airport.
Const. Gerry Rundel was charged for lying during his testimony at the inquiry related to the Polish immigrant's death in October 2007.
Const. Bill Bentley was acquitted of the perjury charge in 2013, though the Crown is appealing the verdict.
Former corporal Benjamin Robinson was convicted last month of the same charge while Const. Kwesi Millington was convicted in February and is awaiting a sentencing hearing.
The four officers were summoned to the airport when Dziekanski started throwing furniture in the international terminal, and one of them stunned him repeatedly with a Taser.
The Crown alleged the officers colluded on a story to tell homicide investigators and then lied at the inquiry to explain why their initial accounts contradicted an amateur video.