Friday, October 13, 2017

Calgary Cop Duggan 'clouded by mental health issues' ... his lawyer

A Calgary policeman who threatened to punch the new boyfriend of his former wife was clouded by mental health issues and should not face any criminal sanction, again, his lawyer said Friday. Defence counsel Don MacLeod said Sgt. Jeffrey John Duggan was suffering from a major depressive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder when he breached probation and contacted the woman. Despite the numerous transgressions, his client should be spared, for a second time, the stigma of having a criminal record.

But the Crown said Duggan should not be given the exact same break he was handed in May 2016, when he was placed on 12 months probation under a conditional discharge for another assault.

Lawyer MacLeod argued leniency, again. He says although his client was in uniform “he was there as a parent".
Calgary cop Jeff Duggan was charged with assault after an on-duty fight at his ex-wife’s home. Police began investigating after Duggan’s ex-wife reported the officer “verbally threatened to assault” her current boyfriend and “attempted to force his way into the home.” Police have also charged Duggan with uttering threats and four counts of breach of probation.

Calgary Police Supt. James Hardy said he didn’t want to “jump to conclusions” “What’s gone on here is not untypical ..."