Shooting victim testifies at retrial of Mountie Pompeo

Monday marked the start of the second week of a former North Cowichan/Duncan Mountie’s retrial

Monday marked the start of the second week of a former North Cowichan/Duncan Mountie’s retrial in the shooting of an unarmed Chemainus man years ago.

Const. David Pompeo was convicted in February 2013 of aggravated assault in the shooting of William Arthur Gillespie during a traffic stop in September 2009.

In December 2013, Pompeo was sentenced to two years probation and 240 hours of community service. The Crown had been seeking two years in jail.

In August 2014, Pompeo won an appeal for a new trial.

That retrial kicked off last week and went four days beginning with a voir dire, or a trial within a trial, to assess the admissibility of particular evidence and then continuing on with witnesses.

While the witnesses that were called had also appeared in the first trial, different questions and evidence, including photos of the scene not introduced the first time around, led to new testimony for Justice Lisa Mrozinsk to consider.

Included in the first week of testimony was also that of Gillespie himself.

He returned to the stand for a third day on Monday morning and was briefly questioned by Crown attorney Oleh S. Kuzma before cross-examination by Pompeo’s lawyer Ravi Hira commenced.

Outside of the courtroom Gillespie said he wished the case would be done once and for all.

He’s endured one criminal trial already and a complete civil trial as well.

“I’m hoping not to have to go through anymore police harassment,” he said. Gillespie also said he’s suffering from post traumatic stress disorder as a result of that night in 2009 and his other interactions with police over the years.

“PTSD has been really hard on my family,” Gillespie said. “It’s caused a lot of family problems with my marriage.”

The new trial is expected to wrap up in mid December.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Isles looking for playoff upset over Oceanside

The Kerry Park Islanders are looking to last year’s Cowichan Valley Capitals… Continue reading

Check out Cowichan’s heritage sites for Heritage Week

This year’s theme is “Bringing the Past into the Future”

Cowichan athletes medal in archery, curling and judo at BC Winter Games

Duncan Archer Liam Whitworth brought home two medals from the 2020 BC… Continue reading

Get ready to enjoy the ride and laugh along with Brentwood’s ‘Spamalot’

Spamalot is a twisted musical take on the tales of King Arthur.

Coming up in Cowichan: Learn about the Koksilah River and watershed

Speaker series to talk Koksilah River The next presentation in the Cowichan… Continue reading

Protecting privacy key to stopping spread of COVID-19, B.C. health officials say

The number of coronavirus cases in B.C. remains at seven

Toffoli scores OT winner as Canucks beat Habs 4-3

Demko makes 37 saves for Vancouver

Private clinics would harm ‘ordinary’ people using public system in B.C.: lawyer

Health Minister Adrian Dix announced in 2018 that the government would begin to fine doctors $10,000

B.C. terminates contract with hospice society refusing assisted death

Delta Hospice Society loses hospital service fund of $1.5 million

Child in hospital following fatal crash that killed father, sibling on B.C. highway

The single vehicle crash occured near Kamloops on Highway 5A

‘Die!’: Vernon councillor mailed death threat

This story contains information that might be sensitive to some readers

Hidden message connects Castlegar homeowners decades apart

The Rodgers family was surprised when a message fell out of the walls as they were renovating

Two B.C. men plead guilty to bus-terminal assault of man with autism in Ontario

Parmvir Chahil and Jaspaul Uppal due to be sentenced in June for aggravated assault

Most Read