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My fight for justice

November 2021

It’s really a punch to the gut to be falsely accused of something, especially when that accusation results in court action.

For the past two years, I have been attempting to get justice for a crime that was committed against me.

Beginning in November 2019 and continuing into June 2020 (that I know of), I was the subject of a series of accusations against me, made anonymously to my local police service, that were completely false; not just kind of false, nor an exaggeration of the truth, but completely false. These allegations led to court action against me, stretching over a year-and-a-half. In April 2021, the Crown Attourney withdrew the court action, but not before I’d incurred an almost $9000 legal bill.

As a side issue, it’s really frightening to think that this court action came about, despite the police having only accusations provided by an anonymous complainant; nothing more. There were no photos, videos, audio recordings, or witnesses willing to come to court and be subject to cross-examination. Of course, I know why there were none of the aforementioned. Keep in mind, we live in an era when most people have a recording device in their pocket at all times (sometimes glued to their hands), yet there was no footage, not even one short clip, nor a call to 9-11.

The police did make a belated attempt to identify the anonymous complainant, after the court action had already commenced, and I had made a formal complaint about that fact, but they were unsuccessful. The allegations were made through Crime Stoppers, using an anonymous phone application, so identifying the source was impossible.

The only thing really going in the police’s favour was that allegations painted me as a potentially violent and unstable person, thus they could justify the court action for “public safety” reasons. I’m a retired police officer, recovering alcoholic (five years & eight months of sobriety) and suffer from PTSD, something I have been very open about for the past four years. The anonymous source obviously thought they could use that against me.

Fortunately for me, I had alibi evidence that refuted all of the allegations, including witnesses who were willing to come to court and testify that the allegations couldn’t have happened. The complainant gave specific dates and times, and I was able to refute all of them. When the Crown realized that there was no chance of being successful, the matter was dropped.

Since then, I have been attempting to positively identify the person responsible for committing a crime against me, specifically Public Mischief, an offence under Section 140 (1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada, which reads: “Every one commits public mischief who, with intent to mislead, causes a peace officer to enter on or continue an investigation by making a false statement that accuses some other person of having committed an offence.”

Some of the information mentioned in the allegations, along with some reasonable deduction, allowed me to identify a specific suspect, along with a potential witness. After initially refusing to investigate the crime against me, my local police did commence an investigation. The potential witness was interviewed, but denied having any knowledge of the allegations and who may have been responsible.

My prime suspect, however, refused to consent to an interview. A natural reaction to being falsely accused of an offence/crime, is to protest and very adamantly deny the allegations, along with doing what you personally can to refute the allegations. I certainly did when the accusations were made against me! Even if you think it’s wise to say very little during your initial interaction with police until you speak to a lawyer, the adamant denials to police would just naturally come very quickly.

I also filed several complaints with my local police service for not properly investigating the allegations against me, before they dragged me into court. Why? Because I had nothing to hide!

By simply refusing to even consent to an interview with police, where probing questions can be asked and the investigator can evaluate not only what is said, but non-verbal body language, that says a lot unto itself. Of course, an accused/suspect is under no obligation to answer police questions, but if you have nothing to hide, why not talk to police and answer any questions they may ask, accompanied by a lawyer, if desired?  

Why not talk, if for no other reason than to positively exclude yourself as the person responsible for committing a crime against me? The “potential witness” had no problem answering questions. Perhaps they didn’t have anything to hide? If I can exclude this suspect, I won’t waste any more time searching for evidence against them. So far, I have nothing to indicate that I should stop investigating them.

The person who made the allegations against me is a criminal and a coward. I will do what I can to ensure this person faces criminal and/or civil charges.

About the author

Bruce Forsyth

Bruce Forsyth served in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve for 13 years (1987-2000). He served with units in Toronto, Hamilton & Windsor and worked or trained at CFB Esquimalt, CFB Halifax, CFB Petawawa, CFB Kingston, CFB Toronto, Camp Borden, The Burwash Training Area and LFCA Training Centre Meaford.

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