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Oppal defends his work as Pickton inquiry wraps

The Canadian Press  June 7, 2012

The public inquiry into the Robert Pickton case has finished, with the commissioner overseeing the hearings insisting he's been able to fulfil his mandate.

The inquiry has been the subject of complaints and controversy since before it began, with some of the families of Pickton's victims complaining the process was unfair, too short and incomplete.

But commissioner Wally Oppal says he's heard all the evidence that he needs to determine why police failed to catch Pickton and how to fix the problems.

The final day of the inquiry was marked by a large demonstration on the street below, where aboriginal drums were played loud enough to be heard in the inquiry room eight floors above.

Oppal's final report, due by Oct. 31, will detail the actions of the RCMP and Vancouver Police Department and will try to resolve conflicts in the testimony at the inquiry.

While he can't assign legal blame or liability, Oppal can make findings about whether either force or their officers acted properly - or ought to have done more.

Pickton was arrested in February 2002 and eventually convicted of six counts of second degree murder.

The remains of or DNA from 33 women were found on his farm. Pickton told an undercover police officer that he killed a total of 49.

 

 

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