Mountie to be sentenced on June 1

Robinson found guilty of obstructing justice in fatal Tsawwassen collision

Benjamin Monty Robinson.

Benjamin “Monty” Robinson will be back in New Westminster Supreme Court June 1 for his sentencing.

Robinson, an RCMP corporal, was found guilty of obstruction of justice last month in relation to a road accident that claimed the life of a young Tsawwassen motorcyclist in October, 2008.

In her ruling, Justice Janice Dillon said Robinson intended to mislead police when he chose to drink two shots of vodka following the collision. She said that, as a veteran RCMP officer, Robinson commonly investigated drinking and driving offenses and was trained in the administration of blood-alcohol screening tests. As such, he would have known that drinking alcohol after an accident would make it difficult for police to determine his blood-alcohol level at the time of driving.

Robinson was off duty when his Jeep collided with 21-year-old Orion Hutchinson’s motorcycle at the intersection of Sixth Ave. and Gilchrist Dr. on Oct. 25, 2008 following a friend’s Halloween Party.

Following the accident, Robinson gave his driver’s licence to a bystander and left the scene to walk his two children home. Upon his return, he told police he had downed two shots of vodka at home to calm his nerves.

The RCMP is seeking Robinson’s dismissal.

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