By Delon Shurtz on December 10, 2020.
A Fort Macleod RCMP officer scheduled to stand trial this week on an assault charge has had his case resolved with a peace bond.
Troy William Heystek, who was set to begin a two-day trial in Fort Macleod provincial court on Monday, had his charge withdrawn after he agreed to the $1,100, nine-month peace bond.
A peace bond is a court order to keep the peace and be on good behaviour for a designated period of time. Heystek must not be charged with a criminal offence during the period of the peace bond or he could be charged with breaching the order.
The 50-year-old officer was charged with one count of assault, stemming from an incident April 13, 2018 in the Village of Granum north of Fort Macleod.
The RCMP reported an officer responded to a 911 call made from a home in the small community. After confirming the welfare of the resident of the home, the officer and the resident had a verbal exchange that escalated into a physical confrontation, in which the officer allegedly pushed and punched the resident.
The Crowsnest Pass RCMP detachment investigated the allegations and subsequently charged an officer. Heystek was re-assigned to an administrative role pending the outcome of his case.
Heystek’s peace bond requires him to obey several conditions, including he be assessed and complete treatment or counselling as recommended by his probation officer, and that he not have any contact with the complainant.
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