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Taxpayer costs of convicting Mountie David Pompeo remain a mystery
Taxpayers will likely never know the costs of trying and convicting North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP Const. David Pompeo.
Crown counsel Neil Mackenzie told the News Leader Pictorial last week details of Pompeo's legal costs were unknown to Crown.
"Talk to him or his lawyer," he said.
The Leader did ask Pompeo and his lawyer, Ravi Hira, earlier this year who was paying Pompeo's legal fees. Both declined to answer.
Mackenzie also indicated Crown did not and would not tally taxpayer tabs for five years of charging and convicting Pompeo of the Sept. 18, 2009 shooting of Cowichanian Bill Gillespie in during a traffic stop in a dark Chemainus driveway.
"That's not something we track separately," Mackenzie told the Leader.
At press time it was unknown where to seek answers about public costs of Pompeo's court process.
Last week, the Leader reported a settlement was reached in civil action between Gillespie — whose body still carries a 9-mm slug from Pompeo's gun — and Pompeo.
The amount and terms of that civil settlement, said Gillespie's lawyer James Legh, were not being disclosed.
It was unknown if taxpayers, Pompeo, or a group — such as the Mounted Police Professional Association of Canada — footed that civil settlement, and the case's earlier court costs.
During the lengthy five-year case heard in Duncan court, Pompeo was found guilty of aggravated assault. He later received a sentence of two years' probation, plus 240 hours of community service work, from the late Judge Josiah Wood.
Hira has appealed the conviction. The appeal was heard in Vancouver in February. A decision has yet to be reached.