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Ex-Mountie accused of murder faces sex charges

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The former Saskatchewan RCMP officer accused of killing Ottawa police officer Eric Czapnik faced sexual assault charges in court on Friday.

Kevin Gregson, 43, was charged with four counts of sexual assault causing bodily harm and four counts of sexual interference with a person under 16 in relation to a single victim, as well as a count of possession of child pornography during his appearance in an Ottawa courtroom.

He had previously been charged with first-degree murder in Czapnik's stabbing death last December.

Gregson looked calm and alert as he appeared in court, handcuffed and flanked on either side by a police officer, CBC's Steve Fischer reported. Czapnik's widow Anna Korutowska was present in the courtroom Friday, also accompanied by police officers.

Gregson's lawyer Geraldine Castle-Trudel said her client denies the new charges and will put a "vigorous defence forward."

"He's got one very serious charge, which is more than enough for anybody to have to handle," she said. "And when you get additional charges come along later, it's very difficult."
Fit to stand trial

On Friday, Gregson was also declared fit to stand trial, based on the results of a psychiatric assessment that found no evidence of major mental illness. Castle-Trudel, who requested the assessment, said she was surprised by the results.

"They found that he had some personality disorders and problems in all likelihood," she said, "but they weren't satisfied that he was not criminally responsible at the time in question."

She added that she thinks Gregson would want a second opinion.
Gregson's lawyer, Geraldine Castle-Trudel, expressed surprised that a psychiatric assessment found no evidence her client suffers from major mental illness. She says she plans to get another assessment done.Gregson's lawyer, Geraldine Castle-Trudel, expressed surprised that a psychiatric assessment found no evidence her client suffers from major mental illness. She says she plans to get another assessment done. (Steve Fischer/CBC)

Gregson was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation at the maximum-security forensic unit of the Mental Health Centre Penetanguishene, about 350 kilometres west of Ottawa, during his last court appearance in April. The evaluation was originally supposed to last 30 days, but was extended another 30 days.

Gregson was arrested and charged after Czapnik, 51, was stabbed to death while on duty in his car outside the Civic Campus of the Ottawa Hospital on Dec. 29.

At the time, Gregson was suspended from the RCMP in relation to a September 2006 incident. He received notice in February that he had been dismissed from the force, and is appealing.

A two-week preliminary hearing is scheduled to begin on Oct. 12 and the full trial is expected in 2011.

Copyright: (C) Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, http://www.cbc.ca/aboutcbc/discover/termsofuse.html

Disclaimer: This article is the opinion of the writer and should not be seen as an authority on the subject matter contained herein. You should always consult a lawyer. This article is in no way the opinion of Castle –Trudel Criminal Lawyers.

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