Portapique: RCMP officers allegedly flawed in another investigation | Portapique massacre: Nova Scotia in mourning

Portapique : RCMP officers allegedly flawed in another investigation | Portapique Massacre: New&Eacute ;pod in mourning

Several Colchester area RCMP officers interviewed by the Mass Casualty Commission were also involved in the investigation of the Susie Butlin case in 2017.

Several RCMP officers RCMP involved in the investigation of the April 2020 shooting in Nova Scotia are linked to another murder case that happened in 2017 and is currently under civilian review federal.

Among those officers is Constable Greg Wiley, who visited the shooter for advice on crime in Portapique.

This same agent and others were implicated in the case surrounding the murder of Susie Butlin.

A woman from Tatamagouche, New -Scotland, shot and killed by neighbor Ernie Duggan a few months after she reported him to the RCMP for sexual assault and harassment.

His case came up in discussions conducted by the Mass Casualty Commission on police surveillance and sexual violence.

This murder also occurred in the Colchester area where the Portapique shooting began.

Left to right: Trevor MacLeod, Matthew Boyle, Todd Brown and Christian Gallant are interviewed by commission counsel Jennifer Cox.

Jennifer Cox, a commission attorney, says she finally received a copy of the internal police investigation into the RCMP's handling of Susie Butlin's case with the names of the officers visible.

The RCMP had first blacked out the names in the initial mailing.

The attorney says this delay in releasing names impacted the commission's ability to do its job when interviewing some officers.

Jennifer Cox says this is not the first time the RCMP has withheld information it deems irrelevant in reports and investigations across the country.

C' is a way of doing things that is repeated and that has an impact on things like this commission, she says.

One of the officers involved in Susie Butlin's case was Constable Stuart Beselt, who also led the team that drove through Portapique in search of the shooter on April 18, 2020.

RCMP Constable Stuart Beselt answers a question during the public inquiry hearings of the Mass Casualty Commission in Halifax on Monday, March 28, 2022.

He responded to an incident at the home of Ernie Duggan on August 21, 2017.

That night, his wife April Duggan called the police to say she feared her husband had killed her neighbor Susie Butlin. He was angry because she complained to the RCMP. April Duggan reports that he kicked down a door and intended to get a gun.

Stuart Beselt went to the house of Ernie Duggan with Constable Rodney MacDonald, also involved in the police response to Portapique.

The police report reveals that the investigation was incomplete and things were overlooked. For example, officers did not take a statement from April Duggan and they did not check to see if Ernie Duggan had a weapon.

The Commission Massive Losses interviewed Stuart Beselt and he testified at the public hearings, but no one brought up the Susie Butlin case. Same for Agent Rodney MacDonald.

The other agent in the Susie Butlin case, Greg Wiley, is the one who visited Gabriel Wortman more than a dozen times years before the shooting in which he took the lives of 22 people. He also investigated when the shooter threatened to kill his parents in 2010.

The 22 people killed in the April 18-19, 2020 massacre in Portapique, Wentworth, Debert and Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia.

In the case of the murder of Susie Butlin, Constable Wiley was the lead investigator when she called the RCMP to complain about her neighbor on August 26, 2017.

He discussed Ernie Duggan's harassing posts with Susin Butlin and determined that there was no basis for a criminal charge. He advised her to block her neighbor on Facebook.

Given the ongoing events since the initial sexual assault complaint, these allegations should have been taken seriously and thoroughly investigated. , reads the internal investigation report, which points out that the agent should have made copies of the messages and spoken to Ernie Duggan.

Without taking these measures , it is impossible to review and determine whether charges were warranted for harassment or bullying.

The commission previously interviewed Greg Wiley last June , and he is due to give evidence at the inquest next week.

Attorney Jennifer Cox says the Massive Loss Commission will see if there is a way to overcome the fact that we might have missed opportunities to interview witnesses.

With information from Haley Ryan< em> of CBC

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