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Crown orders stay of proceedings in final corruption case of Surrey Six murder investigation

Explosive details about former Mountie in Surrey Six murder case court documents
Newly released court documents reveal former RCMP officer Derek Brassington, who was convicted of breach of trust and obstruction of justice for having a sexual relationship with a witness in B.C.'s worst gangland massacre, was suffering from PTSD and severe anxiety due to intense pressure to solve the Surrey Six murder case. Rumina Daya reports.

The Crown has ordered a stay of proceedings against the last officer involved in the corruption case stemming from the Surrey Six murder investigation.

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RCMP Cpl. Paul Johnston was originally charged with crimes related to the alleged misconduct during the investigation, including compromising the safety of a witness.

But the Crown on Tuesday ordered a stay of proceedings, mainly because of Johnston’s health.

He has Hodgkin’s lymphoma with only a 50 per cent chance of recovery.

Johnston’s doctor says a trial would negatively affect his treatment and the Crown agrees.

Documents also show a trial would cost a lot money because it would require numerous witnesses from outside of British Columbia.

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The special prosecutor says the sentencing for the other officers has sent a strong message to the public.

Three other officers have previously pleaded guilty to failing to maintain order, and were given conditional sentences.

One officer, former Sgt. Derek Brassington, admitted to engaging in a sexual affair with one of the witnesses.