The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary is answering questions about the exorbitant price tag associated with bringing an accused killer back to the province.
Sheldon Hibbs, arrested in Calgary last March, has been charged with the murder of Michael King a year ago in the Waterford Valley area of St. John’s.
According to the RNC, Canada’s Criminal Code allows for six days of detention for accused offenders in order to move them to the jurisdiction in which the charges are made.
In Hibbs’ case, police say an initial attempt to get him back to the province resulted in the man being banned from commercially operated flights. They say that without the option of a commercial flight, police had to consider options other than a 6-day transport timeline.
After what the RNC, including the RCMP and several charters, called “an array of inquiries”, they secured transport via a privately owned aircraft.
CBC has reported that the price tag attached to that flight was $91,000.
The reason why Hibbs could not produce the video in court from Calgary, the RNC says, is because if the arrest warrant had been executed there, the judge in that province would not have jurisdiction to remand the accused.
The Constabulary consulted with legal professionals to exhaust all possible options and stated that they acted in the interest of national security, within their legal authority and in the interest of the justice of Michael King.