Mountie to stand trial

RCMP officer previously convicted of assault now must answer perjury charge

RCMP Cpl. Andre Turcotte, who previously worked at the Summerland detachment, has been ordered to stand trial on a charge of perjury.

The decision to move forward with a trial came in a preliminary inquiry held last week to decide whether there was enough evidence to go forward.

In 2010, Turcotte was handed a conditional sentence of 60 days for an assault that occurred in Summerland three years prior while he was off duty. The RCMP officer was given administrative duties with the Kelowna detachment, where he was currently based out of. Judge Dev Dley said during the assault trial that he found Turcotte intentionally hid that he had been involved in the incident from a fellow officer when asked about it the following day. The judge also called Turcotte’s eventual statement to RCMP “misleading.”

Turcotte is scheduled to be in court on March 26 to fix a date for a trial. A publication ban is in place on information heard at the inquiry.