CKPS Sgt. Robert Mugridge (centre) at police act hearing. February 14th, 2017. (Photo by Paul Pedro)

Judge Allows Former Police Sergeant Time To Pay Back Victims

Victims in the scandal involving a former Chatham police sergeant charged with fraud may see money back in their wallets.

Former Chatham-Kent Police Service Sergeant Robert Mugridge attended his first Superior Court hearing in Chatham Tuesday morning.

Mugridge was found guilty of 50 counts of discreditable conduct at his disciplinary police act hearing in Chatham on February 14, 2017.  He also pleaded guilty to one count of fraud during a Police Services Act meeting on August 28, 2017.

During the hearing, lawyer Glen Donald proposed that his client Robert Mugridge’s hearing be pushed forward to allow time for restitution. Donald is not exactly sure how much the restitution will be yet, but he says allowing time for Mugridge to pay back his victims will help the judge determine an appropriate sentence.

Donald also mentioned in the court hearing that Mugridge will be seeking a medical report to help his case and provide more information.

He says it should also be noted that Mugridge waived his right to section 11b of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which entitles anyone charged with a crime to be heard within a reasonable time. Donald says Mugridge agreed to waive this right to allow his hearing to be pushed forward.

The judge agreed to postpone Mugridge’s hearing to April 6, 2018.