ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE SGT. WAYNE NEWELL, MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICER, REGARDING RCMP CONSTABLE JAMES WOODROW:
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS A PROBLEM IN OUR SOCIETY AND WE WON’T TOLERATE IT, ESPECIALLY BY OUR OWN MEMBERS... HE IS NOW FACING CHARGES OF ASSAULT, SECTION 266 OF THE CRIMINAL CODE AND ONE COUNT OF FORCIBLE CONFINEMENT, 279 OF THE CRIMINAL CODE... THE DISPUTE STARTED IN THE OFFICER'S HOME... THE OFF DUTY RCMP OFFICER TOOK IT UPON HIMSELF TO ARREST THIS WOMAN, SHE WAS PLACED IN THE CELLS. THAT OBVIOUSLY CAUSED MUCH CONCERN... THERE WAS NO MEDICAL ATTENTION SOT[SP] IMMEDIATELY, I DON’T KNOW IF SHE’S GONE SINCE OR NOT. BUT THE INJURIES INVOLVED BRUISING AND SCRATCHES AND THAT TYPE OF THING...
Photo is of RCMP Newell. Woodrow's arraignment is POSTPONED UNTIL OCTOBER 7th!
OFF-DUTY MOUNTIE ACCUSED OF HITTING NAIN WOMAN, PUTTING HER IN LOCKUP
May 28, 2009
An off-duty Mountie in northern Labrador is accused of assaulting a woman and then later arresting her and putting her in the Nain lockup, the RCMP said Thursday. Const. James Woodrow was arrested Wednesday and remained in custody overnight. He appeared in circuit court in Nain on Thursday afternoon on charges of assault and forcible confinement. "These are serious [charges]," said Sgt. Wayne Newell, who speaks on behalf of the RCMP in Newfoundland and Labrador. "Obviously, the RCMP does not tolerate any degree of domestic violence, and when it involves one of our own, it is certainly not a good thing. "It's something that we're not very proud to report but we have to report it." Newell said other members of the force learned of the dispute at about 2 a.m. on Tuesday. Because the complaint involved a member of the detachment, RCMP officers from other locations flew in. He said the investigation showed that the dispute started in the officer's home. "The off-duty RCMP officer took it upon himself to arrest the woman. When it ended up outside, he placed her in cells for the evening - that's [the] forcible confinement charge," Newell told CBC News... Newell said the woman had minor injuries and has been offered counselling. On Thursday afternoon, a circuit court judge in Nain released Woodrow on conditions to keep the peace and have no contact with the complainant... [Full article here]
RCMP MEMBER CHARGED WITH ASSAULT ON WOMAN IN NAIN Radio Briefs, oksociety.com
May 28, 2009, 2:44 pm
[Excerpts] Off duty Nain RCMP Officer James Woodrow has been charged with one count of Assault and one count of Forcible Confinement and he will be appearing in court at 1:30 pm this afternoon in Nain. On our AtjiKangitut show this afternoon we will be speaking with Wayne Newell who is the Media Relations Officer with the RCMP in St. John’s about this case... Wayne Newell: Yes, on May 26th at around 2:00 in the morning the RCMP officers who were on duty in Nain responded to a disturbance involving an off-duty RCMP officer and a Nain woman... he is now facing charges of assault, section 266 of the criminal code and one count of forcible confinement, 279 of the criminal code. These are very serious allegations obviously and we take them very seriously. Any type of domestic violence is a problem in our society and when it’s one of our own it’s particularly troubling... This just occurred of course and there is the potential for further charges. I haven’t reviewed all the potential charges but those are the two that are obvious at this time. If there’s others that come to mind that are applicable they would be laid too. And we have to remember that there is a separate and parallel internal investigation taking place as well and there are obviously sanctions that could be placed on the officer for breach of the RCMP Act for conduct unbecoming of an Officer... RCMP officers saw what was going on, and they saw the disturbance, so the exact circumstances is something that is before the courts, we can’t go into the full details of things but obviously it will all come out in court... The injuries were minor in nature. There was no medical attention sot[sp] immediately, I don’t know if she’s gone since or not. But the injuries involved bruising and scratches and that type of thing... Our members are expected to obey the law and to be seen to be obeying the law and when cases like this come into play then it’s certainly troubling, there’s no question about it. But we have to be seen to do things right as well, and in this case we made an arrest and the charges are applied. Domestic Violence is a problem in our society and we won’t tolerate it, especially by our own members. In this case there is a separate internal investigation I don’t want to pre-judge the investigation yet, but the consequences could include up to dismissal. So these are serious things that have taken place. But they are isolated incidents. Our members in Nain and in all communities in this province go about their duties in protecting people every day, they do an excellent job. Unfortunately, we’re made up of human beings who sometimes make mistakes and that’s the case here I believe, a mistake was made and the important thing is that we take appropriate remedial action and we work with the communities and try to do the job before us. The actions of one or two don’t represent the values of everybody in the organization this is just an isolated incident and we hope that it is not seen as a blanket thing that everybody acts this way... [Full article here]
"UPDATE ON RCMP OFFICER'S ARRAIGNMENT"
Radio Briefs, oksociety.com
May 28, 2009, 3:17 pm
RCMP member James Woodrow just finished his appearance in court and OKalaKatiget was there. Woodrow was scheduled to enter a plea, but now his Arraignment has been postponed until October 7, 2009 at 9:30 am in Nain because of lack of documentation. He has been charged with one count of assault and one count of forcible confinement against a woman in Nain. Judge William English presided over the case and said Woodrow would be released on conditions of undertaking including that he keep the peace and have good behavior, reside in Corner Brook and remain away from the victim. So on October 7th, Woodrow will enter his plea in Nain. [LINK]
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[CAN] RCMP Officer Woodrow locked up the woman his domestic violence was with. Police were flown into the scene.
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How do these people get into the force in the first place ??? Perhaps better screening and phycological tests prior to entering the rcmp system and instead of asking neighbors re the applicants integrity they should find better ways of doing screening...ReplyDelete
Here you go posting comments on someone you know NOTHING about...Have you seen what cops put up with these days? Have you seen the vicious attacks and near death experiences that they face daily - keeping us safe? Maybe people should back off and allow the courts to make final judgement in this case. If he is unfit for the force THEY will determine it. How would you feel if your neighbor accused you of stealing and because of your line of work, cultural background or personal beliefs - a biggeted town turned on you without proper proof? We all too often blame the authority because we "feel" they should have had another way of dealing with the situation. Can you tell me that you have never made a mistake or done something that you later found a better way it could have been handled? Let's all take a breather and give the guys out there, keeping us safe, a bit of a break until THE COURTS determine we should do otherwise. This is for all the Good Cops out there - just trying to do their jobs - even the ones who have pulled me over...ReplyDelete
jim woodrow served 12 years in the canadian forces and severle years as a police officer in toronto ... hes a great man and i think you should update the website because alll charges were droped and court was dismised due to lack of evidence so i think u should get both sides of the story.ReplyDelete
What a joke. She had injuries, there was obvious and deliberate omission of what was said in the so-called trial-coverage, and it all finished off with "The charges against James Woodrow have been dismissed... Judge Joy did not provide the reasoning behind his decision..."ReplyDelete
I hope the VICTIM is okay wherever she is.
Woodrow Trial Enters Day Two
June 15, 2010
[Excerpts] The Woodrow trial has entered day two during the court circuit in Nain... The trial started with Crown Prosecutor Vikas Khaladkar calling his witnesses... [Constable Christopher Dawe of the Major Crimes Unit in Gander, NL] presented five pieces of evidence in the case including logs and video of the incarceration of the plaintiff. The video had showed that the complainant had been incarcerated for approximately seven-eight hours... Corporal David Simpson took the stand ... and testified to what he had seen. Constable Desmond Mollon ... testified to what he had witnessed... [Full article here]
REPORTER CHOSE TO NOT SAY WHAT CONSTABLE DESMOND OR CORPORAL DAVID SIMPSON TESTIFIED REGARDING THE EVENING OF INCIDENT. WHY?
Complainant in Woodrow Trial to Take Stand This Afternoon
June 16, 2010
[Excerpts] The complainant in the Woodrow trial is set to take the stand this afternoon... Constable Desmond] Mollon’s spouse, Jessica Gilbert, had taken the stand. Gilbert had testified to what she had witnessed during the time of the alleged incident. Also on the stand this morning was Maureen Oliver. Oliver was the Matron on guard at the Nain RCMP detachment cells ... [Full article here]
REPORTER CHOSE TO NOT SAY WHAT MAUREEN OLIVER OR JESSICA GILBERT TESTIFIED REGARDING THE EVENING OF INCIDENT. WHY?
Complainant in Woodrow Case Describes Alleged Incident
June 17, 2010
[Excerpts] The complainant in the Woodrow trial described the events of the night of the alleged incident when she took the stand... Her testimony matched up with parts of testimonies that were provided by the RCMP members who were on call that night. During her cross examination the defense had pointed out inconsistencies in the statement she had given following the incident and the testimony she had provided that day... Woodrow is facing one count of assault and one count of forcible confinement stemming from the alleged incident. [Full article here]
REPORTER CHOSE TO NOT SAY WHAT THE ALLEGED VICTIM TESTIFIED REGARDING THE EVENING OF INCIDENT. WHY?
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Woodrow Trial ProceedsReplyDelete
Thursday, July 8, 2010
[Excerpts] ...Woodrow’s defense lawyer continued questioning Constable Mark Blackmore...The Crown began cross-examining Blackmore this afternoon... [Full article here]
Constable Woodrow Trial will Contine in November
July 9, 2010
[Excerpts] ...The defense lawyer criticized Cst. Blackmore for assisting in the arrest of the victim.... Cst. Blackmore provided Cst. Woodrow with the keys to the detachment to detain the victim for causing a disturbance. Later in the afternoon, Audrey Obed took the stand. Obed was invited to Cst. Woodrow’s residence for drinks the night of the incident. She only recalled what she could remember from that night... [Full article here]
Woodrow Trial Will Finally Finish Today
November 4, 2010
[Excerpts] The proceedings on the Woodrow Trial continued this morning and will finish this afternoon... Vikus Khaladkar is the Crown Prosecutor... After the trial, Judge John Joy requested that both sides present their argument in a written format. From there, Judge Joy will closely review both arguments and then make his final decision. Khadladkar says unfortunately, this process could take several months before both sides submit their written argument... [Full article here]
James Woodrow Charges Dismissed
Posted on July 7, 2011 @ 3:00 pm
The charges against James Woodrow have been dismissed.
Judge John Joy announced his decision during the provincial court circuit... Judge Joy did not provide the reasoning behind his decision... [Full article here]
I should give props to the so-called COVERAGE of the trial - the person who somehow managed to not tell a thing about what happened in court. (Was he even really IN the court or did he just call to see who was testifying?):ReplyDelete
June 17, 2010
...Mitchell White has been covering the progress of the trial in Nain...
Using the word "covering" very loosely there.
I've never seen such sparse information given about a court trial - and there are 3416 posts on this blog! And the judge can just decide and not give any reason up there?
Which part of this trial makes folks feel satisfied that nothing criminal happened? I don't see it.
[GO VIKAS! GO VIKAS! GO VIKAS! Some decisions insult the intelligence of most reasonable people and make a mockery of the justice system. I am heartened to see that the Crown Attorney is appealing the judge's decision.]ReplyDelete
Appeal Filed in Woodrow Case
Posted on September 1, 2011 @ 2:51 pm
An appeal has been filed in the Woodrow case.
Judge John Joy decided to dismiss two charges against Woodrow at the end of July during the court circuit in Nain.
The charges were one count of forcible confinement and one count of assault.
They stemmed from an incident involving a Nain woman, Audrey Nochasak, in May of 2009.
Woodrow was stationed in the community with the RCMP at the time.
Vikas Khaladkar is the Crown Attorney who handled the Woodrow case.
He says his office has filed an appeal against the decision.
We’ll have more for you on the decision to file an appeal when Khaladkar returns from his holidays.
Filed by: OK Project Director.
james woodrow is not keeping the peace and his conduit as an officer is not professional. yes he resides in corner brook because i am his neighborReplyDelete
State your name and info you have to support your poison dart!Delete
You used the name "Anonymous" and the person who you want to identify themself to you should remain anonymous too.Delete
Crown appealing Labrador RCMP acquittal
CBC News Posted: Sep 13, 2011
The Crown is appealing the acquittal of a Labrador RCMP officer who arrested a woman and locked her in a police cell in Nain after a drunken disagreement at his house while he was off duty.
A judge ruled that RCMP Const. James Woodrow didn’t break the law but the Crown is arguing the judge erred in his decision.
In May 2009, while Woodrow was off duty, he and a woman had a few drinks and went back to his home. After a friend interrupted them, Woodrow told the woman to leave.
She stripped naked on the porch of his home.
Eventually once she put her clothes back on, Woodrow arrested her and took her back to a cell in Nain.
She accused him of sexual assault but later recanted, but said the officer had assaulted her.
Woodrow was charged with assault and forcible confinement.
In his court decision, Judge John Joy agreed with the defence’s assertion that Woodrow was lawful in making an arrest.
However, Joy lambasted the police, saying the criminal operations division in St. John's ordered the arrest even though the investigating sergeant didn't feel there were grounds to lay the charges.
The crown is arguing the judge erred in several other areas of the verdict.
In court documents the Crown wrote:
“The learned trial judge’s reasons for acquitting the respondent on the charge of unlawful confinement (if indeed he did acquit on this charge) are so deficient that they do not permit for meaningful appellate review.”
Among other arguments the document says:
“The learned trial judge erred in law by considering a charter application after the trail had ended, with no notice to the Crown and without the Crown having had the opportunity to respond to the application.”
The case will now go before the Supreme Court.