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News Release

Durham Regional Police Officer Charged

Case Number: 09-OCI-013

TORONTO (17 April, 2009) --- The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Ian Scott, has reasonable grounds to believe that a Durham Regional Police (DRP) officer is criminally responsible for the injuries sustained by an Oshawa man and has caused a criminal charge to be laid against the officer.

On January 5, 2009 just after 6:00 p.m. DRP officers arrested a 52 year old man outside of the Price Chopper Store at Wilson Road and King Street in Oshawa. The man sustained injuries during the course of the arrest.

Based on the results of the SIU investigation, the Director caused a charge of Assault Causing Bodily Harm contrary to section 267(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada to be laid against Constable Nicholas Baldini of the DRP.

A summons was served on the officer today compelling his appearance before the Ontario Court of Justice in Oshawa on April 20, 2009, to answer to the charge. Justice Prosecutions 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,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342