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News Release

Peel Officer Charged

Case Number: 12-OCI-102

Mississauga (8 June, 2012) --- The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Ian Scott, has reasonable grounds to believe that an officer with Peel Regional Police (PRP) committed a criminal offence in relation to injuries sustained by 39-year-old Jamie Payne.  Director Scott has caused a charge to be laid against the officer.     

On April 14, 2012, Mr. Payne was arrested, taken to the police station and then to Trillium Health Centre to be examined for an injury that occurred prior to contact with police.  While leaving the hospital to return to the police station, there was an interaction between Mr. Payne and an officer.  Mr. Payne complained that he had sustained an injury, but was taken to the police station and placed in a cell.  After further complaint, he was eventually transported to the William Osler Health Centre and diagnosed with a serious injury to his face. 

As a result of the SIU investigation, PRP Constable Matt Lee is facing one charge of Assault Causing Bodily Harm, contrary to s. 267(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.   

The officer is required to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at 7755 Hurontario Street in Brampton on June 18, 2012.  The Justice Prosecutions branch of the Ministry of the Attorney General will have carriage of the prosecution. 

As this matter is now before the courts, and in consideration of the fair trial interests of the charged officer and the community, the SIU will make no further comment pertaining to this investigation.

The SIU is an arm’s length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault. Under the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether an officer has committed a criminal offence  in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, lay a criminal charge against the officer if appropriate or close the file without any charges being laid
  • report the results of any investigations to the Attorney General. 

Monica Hudon, monica.hudon@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342