RNC officer facing 4 charges, including assault with a weapon

An officer of the Royal Newfoundland Marechaussee is on trial for four charges, including assault with a weapon, after an investigation by the province’s Serious Incident Response Team (SIRT-NL).

According to a press release Monday, Const. Noelle Laite, 33, is charged with assault, assault with a weapon, assault with bodily harm and suffocation.

In an email, an RNC spokesperson called it a domestic violence investigation. The force said Laite has administrative duties pending the outcome of the judicial trial.

The charges relate to alleged incidents while off-duty, allegedly taking place in the western Newfoundland city of Pasadena.

The press release, sent by SIRT-NL director Mike King, said the group was made aware of the allegations on January 31 and an investigation was underway.

SIRT-NL is a civilian-led group investigating incidents “involving serious injury, death, sexual offenses, domestic violence or other matters of significant public interest arising out of the actions of a police officer in Newfoundland and Labrador,” the report reads. .

King said SIRT-NL would not comment on the charges or investigation, and the RNC spokesperson said they would not discuss the release.

Laite is due to appear in court on April 5.

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