Mines Defends Mountie on Assault Charge

Lawyer for Coquitlam Mountie who’s on trial says nobody was hurt in 2006 incident.

A Coquitlam Mountie on trial for assault and obstruction was justified when he interfered in an arrest last year, his defence lawyer said yesterday. In his closing arguments, Michael Mines told Judge Maria Giardini that the officer may have been angry when he called for back-up and arrived at an arrest while off duty but both the alleged assault and obstruction were “minor” and are not enough to warrant criminal convictions.