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STABS RCMP OFFICER-HE IS CHARGED AND LOSES CHILDREN
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 1998 03:01:07 -0400 (EDT)
Officer sues superiors and RCMP over wife stabbing
Criminal charges against the Mountie were dismissed.
July 23, 1998
A Burnaby Mountie is suing the RCMP, claiming he was wrongfully arrested and
maliciously prosecuted for assaulting his wife with a knife.
Constable Patrick Reilly is also suing the commanding officers of the force in B.C. and
the Pacific Region over the ensuing disciplinary action taken for alleged disgraceful
conduct, even though criminal charges were dismissed.
The legal action stems from police being called on June 26, 1994 to the Aldergrove home
of Reilly and his then-wife Kimberly Reilly, a Surrey RCMP constable.
Patrick Reilly had slash wounds across his face, neck and head. His wife had cuts on
her hands and arms. In his statement of claim, filed this week in B.C. Supreme Court in
Vancouver, Patrick Reilly says he told the investigating officer that he was assaulted by
his wife but the officer was negligent in not doing a proper investigation. He claims the
officer, Langley RCMP Corporal Paul Bissonnette, failed to examine the plaintiffs
wounds or identify the inconsistencies of Kimberly Reillys account of the events in
relation to her wounds.
Patrick Reilly was arrested, locked in police cells and later charged with assault with
a weapon and assault causing bodily harm. Patrick Reilly claims Bissonnette later
concealed from the Crown the opinion of a pathologist that the wifes wounds on her
hands and arms were self-inflicted. He claims Bissonnette told Rory Walters, who handled
the prosecution of the criminal proceedings, that the pathologists report was
On July 23, 1996, the criminal proceedings against Reilly were dismissed and the Crown
did not appeal. Disciplinary proceedings were initiated by the RCMP to suspend Reilly for
disgraceful conduct that brought discredit to the force. He was suspended without pay from
June 28 to Sept. 17,1996.
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RCMP from B1
Mountie sues force over allegations against him Further disciplinary proceedings to
discharge him from the force were later abandoned, Reilly claims. He is suing RCMP
Sergeant James Moore, the officer who conducted the internal investigation. The lawsuit
claims Moore acted negligently and with callous disregard for the safety and
well-being of the plaintiff by failing to conduct a proper investigation and relying
on the negligent investigation by Bissonnette.
Reilly is also suing top RCMP officials Dennis Farrell, the former commanding
officer of the RCMP in B.C., for alleged negligence for initiating disciplinary
proceedings against the plaintiff; the commanding officer of the RCMP Pacific region,
Larry Proke, and the commanding RCMP officer in B.C., Murray Johnston for failing
to reinstate him.
Reilly claims the false arrest and malicious prosecution cost him $35,000 in legal fees
and seriously damaged his character, reputation and alienated him from his daughter and
twin sons, preventing him from gaining custody of his children. He also claims he has
suffered humiliation and loss of standing within the RCMP and was excluded as a member of
the emergency response team.
Reilly is seeking general, special, punitive and aggravated damages, plus unpaid wages
and court costs.
False Abuse Allegation