Judge slams Peel police over cavalier attitude towards search powers

Jul 9, 2015 By Matthew Friedberg

A Brampton judge rebuked a senior Peel Regional Police sergeant and his fellow officers for “self-serving and less than credible” evidence in court and “lackadaisical attitudes” towards police search powers in a recent ruling on a drug possession case.

Ontario Court Justice Louise Botham dismissed charges of possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking against brothers Eduardo and Jesus Aguilar-Mellado and Jesus’ girlfriend, Maria Martinez, finding that the officers displayed a “cavalier” attitude toward their Charter rights.

She said the three individuals were subjected to an unlawful detention and search of their car after they parked it at a police detachment last year. Officers also violated Eduardo and Maria’s right to a lawyer, Botham found.