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Lawyer demands inquiry to release all info on Picktons, Hells Angels and Piggy's Palace

BY SUZANNE FOURNIER, THE PROVINCE  FEBRUARY 13, 2012

The lawyer for families of 25 murdered women is demanding the police and government hand over missing documents.

Neil Chantler, arguing before the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry, said the inquiry should have subpoenaed and distributed all RCMP files related to serial killer Robert Pickton.

Chantler cited a new affidavit by researcher Robin Whitehead about a previously undisclosed police visit to Pickton’s Port Coquitlam farm just three months before Pickton’s February 2002 arrest.

Police at that time “saw an unidentified man covered in blood, in the barn, butchering a pig with a knife,” said Chantler. “We know that after Robert Pickton was arrested, visible human remains were found in the barn area and elsewhere.”

“This is a relevant document,” Chantler argued.

Whitehead found out last Friday about the police visit to Pickton, while trolling through a trickle of heavily-edited RCMP files.

Chantler noted that only two groups, the Vancouver police and the B.C. Criminal Justice Branch, have been subpoenaed by the inquiry, headed by Commissioner Wally Oppal, a retired judge and former attorney general.

He said the inquiry should have all RCMP files, such as profiles done of both Robert and Dave Pickton and the Hell’s Angels Club hangers-on at the Pickton family business, Piggy’s Palace, an after-hours booze can.

Yet all RCMP files on the Picktons still have not been disclosed and the RCMP has redacted most documents before disclosure, said Chantler, who also wants some missing VPD files and all videos of Pickton interviews.

Oppal noted the inquiry already has 200,000 pages of material and that he plans to stick to a tight deadline to close hearings before May.

Outside the inquiry, Marlene George of the Feb. 14 Women’s Memorial March shouted out the anger of a large circle of people who she said have marched every Valentine’s Day for decades.

George said 75 children were left without mothers after those women were brutally murdered by Pickton. “Women are still going missing every day,” charged George.

“They’ve spent $100 million on the Robert Pickton case since he was arrested -- why couldn’t they spend that money to help the women before they went missing?” said George.

The inquiry will not sit Tuesday out of respect for the Women’s Memorial March, which on Valentine’s Day visits Downtown Eastside sites where women disappeared.

sfournier@theprovince.com

 

 

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Updated: August 21, 2016