In a loud and confident voice, ex-RCMP Sgt. Derek Brassington pleaded guilty on Friday to breach of trust and obstructing justice “by compromising the safety and integrity of a witness” during the Surrey Six murder investigation.
Brassington was an investigator assigned to the deadliest gangland shooting in B.C. history: Six people — including two innocent bystanders — gunned down inside Surrey’s Balmoral tower in October, 2007.
Brassington was one of four Mounties charged in June of 2011.
In court Friday, Brassington, appeared emotional:, wiping his eyes and staring towards the floor.
There remains a sweeping publication ban on this case — we cannot report the details heard in court — or even the range of sentence recommended by crown and Defence.
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We can tell you the judge has agreed to impose a sentence of two years less a day to be served in the community.
He has house arrest from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., except to pick up his kids. He has to pay $10,000 in restitution to the receiver general of Canada and he must perform 100 hours of community service.
We do know, from past reporting, that Brassington was a Mountie for 13 years.
In May 2013, he quit the force after being charged in an unrelated shoplifting case. For that he apologized and received a conditional discharge.