One other Ottawa police guns-and-gangs case in jeopardy due to unhealthy 2019 search warrant


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A 3rd Ottawa police guns-and-gangs case rooted in a nasty 2019 search warrant is now in jeopardy.

Chris Uniat, 27, had already pleaded responsible within the drugs-and-ammo case again in March and was awaiting sentencing for his road crimes.

However Uniat moved to strike his responsible plea after studying this newspaper’s account of the unhealthy warrant and a decide has now granted his movement, which suggests the plea is void and his lawyer, Robert Carew, is taking the case to trial.

The important thing warrant was quashed in court last year for its shaky foundation.

Actually, two different drugs-and-guns circumstances rooted in the identical warrant have been deserted by prosecutors in Ottawa and Gatineau.

The third case is now in jeopardy after a decide granted Uniat’s movement to strike his plea in mild of proof — the unhealthy warrant.

The case in opposition to Uniat was a spin-off investigation from the infamous July 2019 Gatineau apartment raid of one-time accused killer and crack salesman Mohamed Mohamed. In that licensed search, Ottawa police linked Uniat to a drug enterprise by way of seized cellphones.

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The search warrant was dominated illegal by Justice Richard Meredith, who mentioned Ottawa detectives acted on mere suspicion, used unreliable informants, didn’t have affordable and possible grounds, and prompt in filings to help the warrant that Mohamed obtained away with homicide in a earlier case regardless that he had been discovered not responsible by a jury. The decide famous that the officer who compiled and signed the search-warrant filings on behalf of the unit, made sworn feedback in a supporting affidavit designed to persuade the issuing justice of the peace that Mohamed was a murderous, profession prison.

When Uniat pleaded responsible to drug and firearms fees, he didn’t know that the Ottawa police warrant that launched the case in opposition to him can be quashed as illegal till he learn it on this newspaper.

Thus far, prosecutors on either side of the river have deserted two guns-and-gangs circumstances after conflicting police testimony.

The important thing police testimony was concerning the mysterious discovery of a handgun in a sparsely furnished, one-bedroom condominium.

Gatineau tactical officers testified they swept the condominium twice and located cocaine however no gun. As soon as they left the condominium, they mentioned two Ottawa officers entered it and one introduced discovering a black .45 Smith & Wesson on the ground of the small bed room. Ottawa detectives, in the meantime, testified they by no means entered the condominium and knew nothing concerning the gun.

With differing testimonies earlier than him, Gatineau Justice Richard Meredith requested the Crown the place that took the case.

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“It takes us with a ghost and a gun, and a launch order for Mohamed Mohamed,” the Crown prosecutor mentioned.

Mohamed, 37, is now suing two Ottawa law enforcement officials and the Ottawa Police Service for illegal detainment, unreasonable search and malicious prosecution.

Detectives Kirk Gidley and Michael Saunders are accused of mendacity at trial “to make sure a conviction and to cover the truth that they (or one in every of them)” planted a handgun throughout a July 18, 2019, raid on the 15th ground at 101 Sacre-Coeur Blvd., in response to the assertion of declare filed in Ontario Superior Courtroom by lawyer Diane Apartment.

Apartment was Mohamed’s lawyer in 2018 when a jury discovered him not responsible of homicide and kidnapping after he was charged within the killing of a fellow drug vendor.

“Gidley and Saunders engaged in severe misconduct — conduct that’s high-handed, oppressive, reprehensible, offensive and morally repugnant and unbecoming of law enforcement officials,” the $850,000 lawsuit claims.

Within the lawsuit, the previous drug vendor additionally accuses one, or each, of the detectives of stealing $50,000 and he needs his a refund.

Not one of the allegations within the lawsuit has been examined in courtroom, not to mention proved.

Neither Gidley nor Saunders responded to a request for remark.

They’ve the total help of the Ottawa Police Affiliation.

gdimmock@postmedia.com

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