Bad Beat: Vancouver wheelchair sting thwarted by kindness

An undercover Vancouver cop sits in a wheelchair in this handout photo. (Vancouver Police Department/HO)

An undercover operation to catch a notorious Vancouver thief was essentially a failure because people are too nice.

A VPD officer sat in a wheelchair in the city’s rough Downtown Eastside in an attempt to catch whoever’s been robbing and attacking disabled Vancouverites.

But after sitting in disguise for five days, Staff Sgt. Mark Horsley encountered only kindness — and actually made $24.

Horsley wasn’t panhandling, but just sitting in the chair while brazenly displaying thief-bait like loose cash and a cellphone. Someone did reach for his fanny-pack at one point, but it was only to zip it up and admonish him to be more careful.

Court slams ‘unfit’ sentence for serial abuser

A serial domestic abuser will be rearrested and tossed back in jail, because a judge mistakenly used “cultural differences” to explain his light sentence.

Ontario’s Court of Appeal overturned the 18-month sentence handed down to the Iranian immigrant who’d been abusing his wife and children since 2009.

The original trial judge’s decision noted the “significant cultural differences” between Canada and Iran, where wife abuse would typically just be ignored.

The appeal judges interpreted that to mean “the father would obviously find it acceptable to rape his wife and beat his kids, and shouldn’t be punished too harshly.”

The sentence was “not a sentence that was slightly outside of the appropriate range. It was far outside the range,” the three-judge panel said.

Different cultural attitudes don’t matter, they said.

“Cultural differences do not excuse or mitigate criminal conduct. To hold otherwise undermines the equality of all individuals before and under the law, a crucial Charter value. It would also create a second class of person in our society — those who fall victim to offenders who import such practices.”

Canadian cop no cosmetics crook, lawyer insists

A Fredericton cop is facing a fresh trial on a U.S. shoplifting charge, but her lawyer insists it’s all an innocent mistake.

Const. Cherie Campbell was caught walking out of a Maine discount store with several lipsticks in her pocket last December. He says she had the lipsticks in a shopping cart, but they kept falling through the holes, so she stuffed them in her pocket and forgot about them.

She did pay for a few other items.

She was acquitted last May, but retrial proceedings are scheduled for next month..
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