Hearings resume at 0930 hours (9:30 am EST) this morning, Monday 17 November 2008.
The witnesses scheduled to testify this week are as follows:
Detective Constable William Zebruck (Retired) – Ontario Provincial Police
Standing Application – Ken MacLennan
Detective Inspector Randy Millar – Ontario Provincial Police
Detective Constable Joseph Dupuis – Ontario Provincial Police
I finally worked my way through the Fred Hamelink testimony of 13 November 2008. In my effort to sort things out I made copious notes. Will post as they are and then round out with testimony from his cross-examination of the 14th.
Some things which I will make quick comment on:
(1) It seems that the David Silmser extortion re-investigation by the OPP was called for by Acting Chief Carl Johnston. That is quite intriguing. I just happened on that this morning as I was finishing up. I really have to meditate on that 🙂 I got the impression that perhaps Malcolm was behind it.
Johnston was brought in by the Police Board to replace Claude Shaver in early 1994 after Shaver took his early retirement. Johnston had previously worked as a Deputy Minister in the Bob Rae NDP government. Chair of the Police Service Board at the time was Leo Courville.
It was under Johnston’s watch that David Silmser’s complaint against Heidi Sebalj morphed into charges under the Police Service Act against Perry Dunlop.
I wonder what and/or who prompted Johnston to ask the OPP to re-investigate the extortion allegation against David Silmser? Is there a possibility that perchance Colin McKinnon played a hand in this? And, in truth, I suppose Malcolm could still have been in the background pulling the strings?
Anyway, somewhere along the line I think it would be worthwhile pursuing time-lines here.
(2) I fail to understand the merit of re-investigating an allegation using the same investigative personnel.
In this instance OPP officer Chris McDonnell conducted the first extortion investigation in late 1993 after Seguin’s death. He concluded there was no extortion. Why re-investigate with McDonnell as the lead investigator. Is it not a given that he comes in with a foregone conclusion?
This type of scenario unfortunately played itself out time and time again in Cornwall – officers who concluded there was no ring or coverup in one investigation were pulled in to re-investigate similar allegations in another investigation.
And the same CPS officers were always on hand to assist those officers conducting external investigations.
Seems to me this is fertile ground for character assassination and/or bias to worm its way along from one investigation to another. Fertile ground for one investigation after the other conclude “no ring: no cover-up,” David Silmser is a good-for-nothing-money-grubbing liar, and Perry Dunlop is nothing shy of a rogue cop.
(3) Hamelink was asked about his prior dealings with Cornwall Police Service. He replied that he had associations with management – he once was a polygraph examiner and did several polygraphs for CPS.
To my knowledge no one, alas, asked what seemed to me an obvious follow-up question, specifically if he knew CPS officer Brian Snyder?
I see that Roman Catholic school teacher Marcel Lalonde has been charged again. I trust that investigators will contact David Silmser. It is well known that he has sex abuse allegations against Lalonde. They have never been investigated. Perhaps this is the time? I don’t know if Dave would be ready to step back into the legal quagmire again, but, I would hope so. Justice should be done.
Note the article which ran in the 29 October 2008 Toronto Globe and Mail article which ran while I was away “Abusers who breach trust get shorter sentences, study shows.” There are 42 comments posted. Interesting read.
A number of people have told me about testimony regarding the porn tapes seized at Ron Leroux’ home. I must find time to read the transcripts.
Apparently the word is that police officers concluded the tapes were commercially made homosexual porn. Can anyone tell me what defines porn as commercially made porn?
Perry was back helping his mother go through Nan’s possessions. On Saturday morning he attended the POGG breakfast and had the honour of being presented the Golden Whistle award in person. I have some pictures. Will download and post them today.
Perry’s Mom Heather was there, as was his sister Rosalie and her husband Rick.
A very proud moment for the family.
Perry spoke a few words. An excellent few words. He spoke well, with passion and conviction.
Well done Perry.
Perry looks good, but tired. He still has a lot on his plate – many loose ends to be taken care of.
A reminder here that the fact that Perry is now out of jail does not mean that the Dunlop financial ‘crisis’ is over. The fact remains that Perry has had no income for a year, Helen is on disability, and there is still a home to maintain, mortgage to pay and three teenage girls to support.
I am sure that any contributions, no matter how small, would be a help. At this time I think the simplest route would be to send contributions by cheque or money order directly to their home:
1895 Alma Road
And, yes, of course, how could I forget, Christmas is coming 🙂
Hearings have resumed. Must run….
Enough for now,