Four Peel Police officers Charged as a Result of a Criminal Investigation

Written by Meeshika Sharma

Published on : May 4, 2018 8:06




 A sergeant and three constables with Peel Regional Police are facing a number of charges after a judge ruled an officer stole a Brampton man’s statue of Scarface character Tony Montana and then, along with three other officers, lied about it in court.

Sgt. Manuel Pinheiro, along with constables Richard Rerrie, Damian Savino and Mihai Muresan remain suspended with pay under the Police Services Act.

They are each charged with theft under $5,000, obstructing justice and two counts of perjury.

Police Chief Jennifer Evans ordered an internal investigation last year after a Brampton Superior Court judge said she had no choice but to stay charges against a suspected drug dealer because of the actions of Peel officers

Chief Evans said, “Upon learning about the ruling, I immediately ordered an internal investigation to be conducted by our Professional Standards Bureau into the conduct and actions of the involved officers.  Our officers are held to a high standard in order to maintain the trust that we have worked so hard to build with our community.”

After a lengthy and in-depth investigation and after consulting with the Ministry of the Attorney General’s office, the four involved officers have now been charged with the following criminal offences.

Sergeant Manuel PINHEIRO has been charged with one count of Theft Under $5000.00, one count of Obstruct Police, two counts of Perjury.

Constable Richard RERRIE has been charged with one count of Theft Under $5000.00, one count of Obstruct Police, two counts of Perjury.

Constable Damian SAVINO has been charged with one count of Theft Under $5000.00, one count of Obstruct Police, two counts of Perjury.

Constable Mihai MURESAN has been charged with one count of Theft Under $5000.00, one count of Obstruct Police, two counts of Perjury.

All officers remain suspended and have been released by way of a Form 10 and 11.1 and are scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton on Monday June 4, 2018.

Police obtained a search warrant for Somerville’s basement apartment in Brampton, where they allegedly found drugs, and also discovered Somerville was leasing a storage locker in downtown Toronto and obtained a search warrant for the unit.