Eight assault-related charges against 26-year-old Justin Michael Chipman have been dismissed.
Judge Lois Skanes said in provincial court this morning the evidence did not support finding Chipman guilty of assaulting four Royal Newfoundland Constabulary officers during an incident on Memorial University’s campus in which he was shot at by police.
Justin Michael Chipman - Photo by Andrew Robinson/The Telegram
Skanes did find Chipman guilty of dangerous driving.
All charges relate stem from an incident in the parking lot of MUN's Field House on Feb. 18, 2014.
Skanes said an RNC officer's decision to fire a shot at Chipman while he was inside a vehicle constituted a breach of his rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
The police had been watching Chipman after receiving reports that someone was breaking into cars parked at the Field House.
Although she does not feel it warrants a stay of proceedings, as was requested by defence lawyer Ken Mahoney, Skanes maintained a remedy was necessary, suggesting that a reduced sentence be applied to the dangerous driving charge.
The matter will return to court Tuesday for sentencing.