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News Release

Niagara Police Officers Charged

Case Number: 13-OCI-037

Mississauga (20 March, 2013) --- The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Ian Scott, has reasonable grounds to believe that two officers with the Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) committed a criminal offence in relation to injuries sustained by 23-year-old Johnathan Hughes in February of 2013.  Director Scott has caused charges to be laid against the officers.   

The SIU investigation determined that on Wednesday, February 6, 2013, at about 10:00p.m., Mr. Hughes, attended the Niagara Falls Detachment of the NRPS in relation to a ticketing matter. During this time, there was an interaction between the officers and Mr. Hughes, resulting in Mr. Hughes’s injuries. 

As a result of the SIU investigation, NRPS Constable John Garner is facing one charge of Assault, contrary to s. 266 of the Criminal Code of Canada, and Sergeant Patrick McGilly is facing one charge of Assault Causing Bodily Harm, contrary to s. 267(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada. 

The officers are required to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at 59 Church Street in St. Catharines on May 8, 2013.  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 officers 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. 

Jasbir Dhillon, jasbir.dhillon@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342