Robinson discharged from RCMP as sentencing begins

Callens indicates firing officer sooner may have led to further delay and uncertainty

  • Jul. 20, 2012 9:00 a.m.

RCMP Cpl. Benjamin Monty Robinson is scheduled to be in New Westminster Court for sentencing in a obstruction of justice case involving the fatal crash of a Tsawwassen motorcycle rider

Disgraced RCMP officer Cpl. Benjamin “Monty” Robinson is no longer a member of the force.

Dep. Comm. Craig Callens said he signed papers to discharge Robinson this morning as Robinson’s sentencing gets underway for obstruction of justice in connection with the 2008 crash that killed 21-year-old Orion Hutchinson.

“While I have been clear that I was seeking his involuntary dismissal, the opportunity to discharge him from the organization this morning was one which eliminated further delays, costs and uncertainty,” Callens said in a statement.

“Mr. Robinson’s career with the RCMP has ended,” he said. “As a private citizen he is no longer subject to any disciplinary actions under the RCMP Act, however, he is still subject to the ongoing criminal matters.”

The obstruction of justice conviction carries a maximum of 10 years in prison.

After the crash at 64 Avenue and Gilchrist Drive in Delta, Robinson gave his driver’s licence to a bystander and left the scene to walk his children home.

When he returned, he told police he had downed two shots of vodka at home to calm his nerves.

During his eight-day trial this past February, a Crown witness revealed that, at a 2007 Christmas party, Robinson had given partygoers tips on how to beat a drunk driving charge.

The defense countered that Robinson had “severe” alcohol dependency at the time of the collision.

Hutchinson’s family had called for Robinson to be stripped of his badge.

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