Ontario judge throws out armed robbery charge over police misconduct

A suspect's right to silence deserves court protection, a judge said in throwing out a charge of armed robbery, after two York Region Police officers attempted to beat a confession out of a suspect.

"I thought this only happened in movies," the accused man, Gil Kim, testified. He told the judge he had, in fact, committed the armed robbery.

The case is one of several in the Greater Toronto Area this decade in which judges have thrown out serious charges over police misconduct – including a conspiracy to commit home invasions in Peel Region, west of Toronto, involving a beating so severe it caused permanent injury, and a case of police being deliberately misleading in a cocaine trafficking case in Toronto.


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