Detective Constable Robert Hansen has been sentenced to 5 years in jail for perjury and obstruction of justice.
The 12-year veteran of the Hamilton police force was found guilty on charges stemming from a 2012 incident where he encouraged an informant to plant a gun in the house of a suspected drug dealer.
Superior Court Justice Catrina Braid called the conduct vigilante justice.
In her sentence Justice Braid said, “it would be difficult to conceive of conduct that would more distinctly shock the community’s conscience than the police fabricating evidence.”
“These allegations were very serious; especially in the context of the work in this officer did, ” Assistant Crown Attorney Peter Scrutton said. “Hamilton Police assigned two of the very best homicide detectives to investigate and because of that investigation we were able to prosecute this case”.
According to Defense lawyer Bernard Cummins it’s not over yet, “We have received instruction from our client to appeal and it has been filed.”
At this point Hansen remains a member of the Hamilton police service, but has been suspended without pay.
Cummins says part of the appeal will be an application for bail.