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News (Media Awareness Project) - CN ON: Ex-drug Dealer Denies That Money Motivates His Police
Title:CN ON: Ex-drug Dealer Denies That Money Motivates His Police
Published On:2012-01-25
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON)
Fetched On:2012-01-28 06:03:37

A one-time marijuana dealer who claims Toronto drug squad officers
savagely assaulted him and stole his money denies his testimony is
motivated by a $650,000 lawsuit.

Defence lawyer Harry Black lawyer suggested Wednesday that
Christopher Quigley is hoping that if he "can just persuade this
jury" one or more officers beat him up and robbed him, he'll get a
"huge amount" of money in a civil suit he has filed.

"Absolutely not, I'm just here to tell the truth, sir," Quigley, 46,
told the corruption trial of five former drug squad officers.

"I'll bet when you put your head down on the pillow at night, you're
not counting sheep, you're counting zeros," charged Black, lawyer for
former Team 3 drug squad member Steve Correia.

"No," Quigley replied. "I would like the money that was stolen from
me returned, however."

Quigley alleges Correia and Det. John Schertzer searched his mother's
safety deposit box on May 1, 1998, seized the $54,000 in his cash it
contained, but only returned $22,850, pocketing the rest.

Quigley is in his sixth day on the stand at the Ontario Superior
Court trial of Correia, 44, Schertzer, 54, Raymond Pollard, 47, Ned
Maodus, 48, 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 related to events between
1997 and 2002.

Quigley claims that in the spring of 1998 he thought he was going to
die as drug squad officers kicked, punched and choked him unconscious
in a police station while angrily demanding the whereabouts of his
drugs and money.

Black suggested Wednesday that Correia never threatened him.

Quigley replied that Correia did threaten him by telling him if he
didn't co-operate in the police interrogation, he would send "goons"
back to resume the beating.

Black suggested he is prone to violence, and that in 1994 he slapped
his then-girlfriend in her right eye during a dispute and knocked her
to the floor of their apartment.

"Did she start cry?" Black asked. "Did you grab a pillow and put it
over her face so the neighbours would not hear her scream?" Quigley
denied any assault occurred.

Quigley agreed he and his girlfriend argued and police were called,
but denied an officer's report of bruising, cuts or swelling to her
eye. He said she came to court and admitted her assault claim was a
lie and the case was thrown out.

Black also read from a police statement alleging Quigley had on
another occasion put a knife to her throat and threatened her and her
family's lives.

"That's an absolute lie," Quigley said.

Black noted that Quigley was driving his Corvette in 1994 when police
boxed him in and arrested him and another man at gunpoint.

Quigley agreed it happened and that police found a high-powered
handgun hidden in his car by his friend and passenger, Ian Serieaux,
but he insisted he didn't know about the weapon until they were stopped.

Quigley said police believed him when he said he had no idea the
.44-calibre Magnum Desert Eagle pistol was in the car. "They checked
it out and they let me go," he said.

The trial, presided over by Justice Gladys Pardu, is expected to
continue into the summer.
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