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Judge to deliver verdict today in Robinson trial

RCMP officer facing obstruction of justice charge

The judge presiding over the obstruction of justice trial for Cpl. Benjamin "Monty" Robinson is expected to deliver her verdict this morning.

When the trial wrapped up in New Westminster last month, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Janice Dillon reserved judgment until today.

Robinson was charged following the Oct. 25, 2008 crash in Tsawwassen that killed Orion Hutchinson.

The 21-year-old died after the motorcycle he was driving collided with Robinson's Jeep at the corner of 6th Avenue and Gilchrist Drive.

Robinson's charge stems from his actions following the crash. The officer left the scene of the collision, which occurred at about 10: 15 p.m., and walked home, a short distance away.

He returned 10 minutes later and advised police he had two beers at a party earlier and two shots of vodka at home.

The defence argued Robinson's act of drinking the vodka before returning to the scene was not willful but merely the actions of an alcoholic.

Crown prosecutor Kris Pechet argued Robinson was acting on his police training and knowledge that drinking after the crash, and then admitting it to police, could potentially thwart any impaired driving investigation.

Check the Optimist website, com, for updates on the verdict.

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