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Robber Sentence Stayed, After 'Tortured' By Toronto Police

A convicted robber is free, after the Ontario Court of Appeals stayed his sentence, after the man was "tortured" by Toronto police.

A convicted robber is free, after the Ontario Court of Appeals stayed his sentence, after the man was "tortured" by Toronto police.

Neil Singh was arrested in 2009, on the accusation he was responsible for the theft of $350,000 worth of copper piping from a Crane supply warehouse.

He was charged, along with his co-accused, with robbery and unlawful confinement.

When Singh was interrogated, the court heard that Detective Constable Jamie Clark responded to Singh's denials with violence. He struck Singh on the back of the head, and kneed him in the ribs.

Another officer, played the role of good cop, telling Singh he better have something to tell the officers.

When he again denied involvement, Clark squeezed Singh's neck, and slammed his head against the wall. 

The three justice tribunal found the conduct in this case "might well be characterized as 'torture' under the Criminal Code."

None of the officers have been disciplined or charged in this case, in fact Detecive Donald Belanger, had been promoted to Staff Sergeant earlier this year.

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