Surrey Six investigators’ trial postponed another year

Mounties facing charges in connection with probe of mass murder won't face trial for another year.

The trial for four RCMP officers facing charges for alleged misconduct during the Surrey Six murder investigation has been postponed again.

Derek Brassington, Paul Johnston, Dave Attew and Danny Michaud were charged with several charges each in 2011, including obstruction of justice, fraud, and compromising the safety of a witness, after an investigation by the Ontario Provincial Police alleged serious misconduct by the officers during the investigation of the 2007 gangland murder of six men in Surrey.

Their trial was to begin Monday (Sept. 14) in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver, but was adjourned until September 2016. The delay marks the most recent of many in the trial, which was initially scheduled to begin in 2013.

Brassington, Johnston and Attew are no longer with the RCMP, while Michaud is suspended.

Six men – four with connections to the drug trade and two innocent bystanders – were shot execution-style in Surrey’s Balmoral Apartment building on Oct. 19, 2007. Two Red Scorpion gang members were convicted of first-degree murder last year, another pleaded guilty the year prior, and a fourth admitted his involvement in 2009.

Another man, Sophon Sek, is charged with manslaughter but has yet to be tried. And Jamie Bacon, co-founder of the Red Scorpions, is charged with conspiracy to commit murder and one count of first-degree murder. His trial has also faced delays and is now scheduled for October 2016.

 

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