Mountie back in court over gun charges

Const. David Matthew Clarke has now opted for a trial by judge alone over jury as he faces eight counts of gun-related charges

RCMP Const. David Matthew Clarke

A Surrey Mountie facing several gun charges has swapped a jury of his peers to a judge alone.

Surrey RCMP Const. David Matthew Clarke appeared before Justice Elizabeth Arnold-Bailey Monday in New Westminster Supreme Court, where he faced eight gun-related charges.

That’s down from 12, as Arnold-Bailey ruled the evidence from a police search of a Surrey home was inadmissible. The evidence found at a Chilliwack home is still before the courts.

Clarke is facing charges related to possession of an FN FAL semi-automatic rifle and a Colt semi-automatic handgun.

The date of the alleged offenses occurred Oct. 1, 2010 in Surrey and Chilliwack.

He is due back in court on Friday, when Arnold-Bailey will give her reasons for dismissing the evidence at the Surrey residence.

A trial will resume from there.


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