Gillespie’s civil trial against Pompeo starts Monday

Twenty days: Huge block of time allocated to hear evidence in the case

Bill Gillespie speaks to the media after the conclusion of the criminal trial of RCMP Const. David Pompeo for shooting him in a Chemainus driveway.

Bill Gillespie’s civil suit against Const. David Pompeo begins next week in Victoria.

“The trial is set to start on Monday for 20 days,’’ confirmed James Legh of the Stevenson Luchies & Legh law firm, who is representing Gillespie (shown at left speaking to the media after Pompeo’s sentencing in December) in the proceedings. Legh declined to say anything more about the case.

Pompeo was found guilty of aggravated assault in the September 2009 shooting of Gillespie that left a bullet lodged in him.

Pompeo was sentenced to two years’ probation plus 240 hours of community service. His counsel, Ravi Hira, launched an appeal of the sentence and a decision is still pending.

Gillespie said he expects more details about Pompeo’s conduct to come to light during the civil case.

“We’ll find out about all the rotten things they did that night,’’ he said. “I’m still in pain every day. I’m going to be in pain the rest of my life. I’m tired all the time and I’m really cranky.’’

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