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News Release

SIU to Review Evidence in 2003 Peel Custody Injury

Case Number: 03-OCI-031

Mississauga (2 July, 2010) --- On March 31, 2003, the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) was notified of a serious injury to Hoang Quang Tran while in the custody of officers from the Peel Regional Police Service (PRPS) . An investigation ensued, which culminated in a conclusion by a former SIU Director that no reasonable grounds existed to charge the involved subject officers.

On June 30, 2010, the Ontario Court of Appeal released its decision in R. v. Tran et al. In its reasons, the appellate court referred to the 'gratuitous beating' of Mr. Tran by Peel Regional police officers after his arrest in 2003. The decision went on to comment that the only action taken at the time was an SIU investigation in 2003 that led to no charges. Epstein J.A. for the unanimous court stated, "It is difficult to understand why or how those responsible for investigating the incident could continue to maintain there are no reasonable grounds to proceed." On the basis of these comments, current SIU Director, Ian Scott, intends to review the evidence called before the trial judge relevant to this issue with a view to determining whether this matter ought to be reopened.

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