Former police officer loses appeal of assault conviction

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PICTOU – A former Stellarton police officer has lost his appeal in Supreme Court. 

Paul Cameron, who was a sergeant on the force, was found guilty in January of assault against Robert Kenny and was handed an absolute discharge by Justice Patrick H. Curran. A discharge means he was found guilty of the charge but doesn’t have a criminal record.

Charges of assault and mischief were laid following an incident in February 2012 that involved Cameron, who was on duty at the time, entering Kenny’s apartment to retrieve his niece. He pushed Kenny, who fell to the ground on top of a laptop computer. 

He was found not guilty of mischief because the judge said he had not wilfully or intentionally destroyed Kenny's computer.

With this in mind, the judge says Cameron was a guest in Kenny’s home and should have taken his niece and left the property as soon as possible.

Cameron appealed the conviction on the grounds that Curran erred in finding no self-defence occurred in failing to apply and consider provisions of the Police Act and section 25 of the Criminal Code.

The appeal was brought before Justice N. M. Scaravelli in August and a written decision was released this week stating the appeal is dismissed based on the fact that findings of no self-defence was supported by the evidence. 

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