Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Appeal Court Orders New Trial for Saskatoon Police Officer on Obstructing Justice

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Appeal Court Orders New Trial for Saskatoon Police Officer on Obstructing Justice

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Officer gets new trial on obstructing justice

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SASKATOON - The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal has ordered a new trial for a Saskatoon police officer convicted in 2015 of obstructing justice.

Const. Steve Nelson was given a 90-day conditional sentence and 50 hours of community service stemming from an incident in 2012.

Nelson took a statement from a woman who said she'd been beaten by her boyfriend, but the next day she came into the station and changed her story.

A taped phone call between Nelson and another officer, Const. Tyler Melnychuk, indicated the woman told police her boyfriend was innocent and that injuries to her face were the result of falling down several times.

That second statement never made it into the record and in the taped phone call, Nelson was heard telling Melnychuk the statement should be ripped up, but during his trial he denied ever getting the second statement. …

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