Former soldier says accusation derailed his life

Warren Bate says his dream of becoming a police officer was crushed after investigators accused him...

Warren Bate says his dream of becoming a police officer was crushed after investigators accused him of attempted murder. He was never charged. (CHRIS DOUCETTE/QMI Agency)

Chris Doucette, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:50 PM ET

TORONTO - A Canadian Forces veteran’s dream of becoming a police officer was crushed and his life turned upside down when he was accused of attempted murder.

The accusation continues to hang over his head — three years later.

So when Warren Bate, 37, heard former Oshawa councillor Robert Lutzcyk — behind bars for an abduction and lengthy stand-off with Durham Regional Police last fall — faced charges for a cache of ammunition, explosives and rifle identical to items investigators have tried to link him to since 2010, he was stunned.

“If they’ve charged someone else, I don’t understand how I can still be a suspect,” the Bowmanville man recently told the Toronto Sun.

Legally, police can list someone as a person of interest in a crime indefinitely.

Lutczyk, 46, was arrested following the gunpoint abduction of Oshawa City Solicitor David Potts in October 2012. While in custody awaiting a preliminary hearing on more than 20 charges stemming from the kidnapping, he was slapped with another seven charges last month.

The new charges stem from ammunition, explosives and a Remington Woodmaster rifle found in Clarington on Aug. 20, 2010.

Bate, who first shared his story in the Sun in June 2012, hoped to become a police officer after serving his country for 12 years as a reservist. His life was derailed with the discovery of a stash of munitions on Aug. 20, 2010 — identical to the one connected to the new charges against Lutczyk.

In October 2010, he was called by Durham police — one of the services he applied to — to come in and discuss their recruiting process.

But when Bate walked into the police station, he was instead accused of attempted murder for a sniper-style shooting of a pick-up truck on Hwy. 401 at Courtice Rd. a few months earlier.

Police records show Bate, who has no criminal record, was interrogated for six hours and he claims at one point a cop accused him of “leading a double life like Russell Williams,” the Canadian Forces colonel imprisoned for murder and rape.

Medical records show Bate was still healing from a recent back surgery at the time when police alleged he was stalking through the woods sniping at the truck.


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