Ottawa police guns-and-gangs Det. Kirk Gidley has again been accused of stealing bundles of cash in a drug raid.
The latest accusation of theft from a private home — some $25,000 — is revealed in court filings for a charter application in a bid to have the accused’s drug charges tossed because of police misconduct.
“The conduct of police, in stealing money during the execution of a search warrant, is so offensive to societal notions of fair play and decency that proceeding with a trial would harm the integrity of the justice system,” according to filings by defence lawyer Diane Magas.
“It is difficult to imagine how public confidence can be maintained in the administration of justice when police officers commit theft in the execution of their duty and present false evidence at trial,” the filings state.
In the filings, the lawyer noted that it’s essential for the court to recognize serious breaches of trust and to distance itself from police misconduct.
Nothing short of a stay of proceedings can accomplish that, the lawyer said.
In the event that a judge doesn’t stay the charges, the lawyer asked that all evidence be excluded because of charter breaches.
Nothing has been proven in court and the detective, the police executive and union didn’t responded to requests for comment before deadline.
It’s not the first time Det. Gidley has been accused of stealing bundles of cash during a drug raid.
The last known time was in 2019 and prosecutors abandoned the big drug case because of the allegations. Only back then, he wasn’t just accused of stealing bundles of cash — $50,000 — but also of planting a loaded handgun on the way out.
It was July 18, 2019, and Gidley got called to court to testify about it at Mohamed Mohamed’s drug and gun trial. Gidley denied it all under oath and said not only did he not find a gun, but he never entered the apartment after waiting outside of it for two hours.
His version of events was at odds with testimony from four tactical officers.
Mohamed Mohamed is now suing Gidley and the police department because he wants his $50,000 back, according to his statement of claim.
The civil claim also names the police department for unlawful detainment, unreasonable search and malicious prosecution.
Gidley is also accused of lying at trial with the hopes of securing a conviction against the former cocaine salesman.
It should be noted that Gidley has denied the accusations.
In the latest accusation against Gidley, another man says in court filings that the police officer stole $25,000 from his home during a raid in 2018.
In the charter application, filed last week, the accused drug dealer claims that Gidley stole $25,000 from his home.
In court filings, the complainant identified the alleged missing bundles of cash, right down to denomination, how many rubber bands and locations. Some $25,000 was unaccounted for in that raid, according to court filings.
According to the charter application filings, the Ottawa tactical team entered the residence in question at 9:16 a.m. and nobody was inside.
Then, according to court filings, Gidley entered the private home after the tactical unit cleared it.
“Det. Gidley entered the residence, searched several areas of the house, opened drawers, cupboards, doors, emptied the content of the garbage can and stole approximately $25,000.00 from the accused’s money,” according to court filings.
The filings also claim that the Ottawa police drug unit’s “video from prior to the search clearly shows that the residence had been searched prior to the video.”
“Det. Gidley acted as the exhibit officer on the search warrant and entered a false amount as to the amount of money seized from the residence,” the charter application claims.
In all, the police officer is accused of stealing $75,000 from private homes in drug raids.
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