The lawyers have made their closing arguments in the trial of Constable Matthew Slipp. Over the past two days, the court in Grande Prairie has heard from both sides on whether the Spirit River mountie knowingly falsified an affidavit of service related to an incident in 2013.
The Crown says he told a series of lies to cover up that he hadn’t tried to serve papers to someone accused of a crime. He also reportedly didn’t provide the necessary documents to the court, resulting in charges against the accused being withdrawn.
His lawyers argue that the detachment was chronically understaffed at the time and Slipp had no intention to mislead or knowingly make a false statement. He’s charged with fabricating evidence and perjury and Chief Justice Neil C. Wittman is expected to make his decision this afternoon.