Charges dropped for two Nanaimo officers

Assault charges against two Nanaimo Mounties were dropped recently because Crown lawyers could not locate the alleged victims to testify at trial.

Const. Francois Veillette was charged with assault causing bodily harm after he attended the scene of a noisy party with several other officers in August 2010.

Veillette allegedly struck a member of the public while at the party and Nanaimo RCMP detachment ordered criminal and code of conduct investigations after a public complaint.

Ian Tully-Barr, a Powell River-area Crown counsel who is handling the Nanaimo RCMP cases, said the complainant has since moved to Czechoslovakia and did not respond to e-mails sent by Crown lawyers.

Veillette was supposed to stand trial Dec. 14-15.

Const. Derek Segstro was charged with assault when he and another member attended a 911 call in November 2009 about a suspected domestic situation.

When police arrived, a woman at the residence told them everything was fine, but refused to allow the officers inside the premises.

The alleged assault occurred when she was arrested for obstructing a peace officer.

Segstro was scheduled to stand trial next month, but Tully-Barr said police were unable to locate the person Segstro is alleged to have assaulted.

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