TORONTO - A former pot dealer who alleges drug squad officers savagely assaulted and robbed him without justification many years ago told his mother he resisted arrest, a jury heard Monday.
Greeba Quigley, 75, testified that her son Christopher Quigley revealed to her that he lost his temper upon learning police searched her house after they arrested him on April 30, 1998.
“He said he put up a fight, that he resisted,” suggested Patrick Ducharme, lawyer for Ned Maodus, one of five former drug squad officers facing corruption charges.
Her 46-year-old son testified earlier that Maodus and another officer kicked, punched and choked him to unconsciousness, and seized $54,000 he was keeping in his mother’s safety deposit box, returning only $22,850.
Greeba Quigley’s testimony contradicted her son’s testimony earlier this month.
He flatly denied any suggestions that he resisted arrest. He insisted the assault — during which he feared he would be killed — was entirely unprovoked and fuelled by the officers’ desires that he disclose the location of his marijuana and money.
Christopher Quigley pleaded guilty to possession marijuana in June 1998 and he agreed to a statement of facts that indicated that he had struck an officer, but he testified earlier this month that version of events was false.
He testified he was told by his lawyer Bruce Olmsted that he had to agree to those facts in order to recover the seized goods and money taken from his mom’s safety deposit box.
The mother and son are testifying at the Ontario Superior Court trial of Maodus, 48, Steven Correia, 44, John Schertzer, 54, Raymond Pollard, 47, and Joseph Miched, 53.
The former Central Field Command drug squad officers collectively face 29 charges, laid in January 2004, including attempt to obstruct justice, perjury, assault and extortion between 1997 and 2002.
Four plain clothes police officers arrived with a search warrant at Greeba Quigley’s Bideford Ave. home, near Avenue Rd. and Wilson Ave., shortly after midnight on May 1, 1998.
Christopher Quigley was at 53 Division police station at the time, having been arrested by the drug squad some seven hours earlier.
Greeba Quigly informed the officers searching her house that she was keeping thousands of dollars in cash for her son in her safety deposit box and she handed over the key to the CIBC box.
She told the jury that her son was miffed at her for telling the officers about the money and that she made a false insurance claim to recoup the money he was missing. He never told her that some of the missing money had already been returned, court heard.