NANAIMO, B.C. — A Vancouver Island Mountie who pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm has received a conditional discharge and one year probation.
Const. Tim Bedard admitted he punched an inmate at the Nanaimo detachment after the man refused to remove his shorts while being booked into a cell and struck the officer.
Bedard hit the man eight times, leaving him with a broken nose, a possible fractured cheekbone and a black eye.
The Independent Investigations Office investigated the June 2014 incident before a charge was sworn against Bedard in provincial court in February.
RCMP Supt. Mark Fisher said he respects the decision, though it's unclear when Bedard will return to front-line duties.
Court heard the officer has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, and the sentence means he will not have a criminal record.
Bedard must also complete 50 hours of community service within the first six months of his probation. (CKAY, The Canadian Press)
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