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News Release

Peel Region Police Officer Charged

Case Number: 03-OCI-031

Mississauga (21 July, 2010) --- 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 an incident dating back to 2003. Director Scott has caused a charge to be laid against the officer.

The incident occurred on March 27, 2003. On this date, officers with the PRP took Quang Hoang Tran into custody in connection with an ongoing investigation. While in an interview room at the police station, there was an interaction between an officer and Mr. Tran, and Mr. Tran sustained a broken jaw. The SIU commenced an investigation, which culminated in a conclusion by a former SIU Director that no reasonable grounds existed to charge the involved subject officer.

However, this case was recently reopened as a result of comments made by the Ontario Court of Appeal in its decision, R. v. Tran et al released on June 30, 2010. Director Scott reviewed the file, including the transcripts from the pre-trial motion heard in 2006, and concluded that he had reasonable and probable grounds to believe that PRP Constable Will Vander Wier committed a criminal offence against Mr. Tran in relation to the 2003 incident. The officer is facing one charge of Aggravated Assault, contrary to s. 268 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 August 30, 2010. 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