RCMP officer who used pepper spray on inmate says force was necessary, court hears

The four-day trial of a former Nunavut RCMP officer charged with assaulting a prisoner with a weapon in Pond Inlet in 2015 wrapped up Thursday at the Nunavut Court of Justice.

Veteran Mountie in Pond Inlet charged with 2 counts of assault

Lawyers presented closing arguments before Justice Sue Cooper in Paul Marenchuk's judge-alone trial, which began with the accused facing two assault charges but ended with only one charge remaining.

"The issue here is whether my client was in compliance with section 25 [of the Criminal Code of Canada]," said defence lawyer Alison Crowe.

Marenchuk, a 30-year veteran of the force, sat beside Crowe at the defence table, wearing a dark grey suit and thick square glasses.

Section 25, often used in defence of police charged with assaulting prisoners, states peace officers are justified in using "as much force as is necessary" while carrying out their duties.

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