City of Bathurst and one of its police officers named in wrongful conviction suit

The city of Bathurst and one of its police officers are among those named in a lawsuit launched by a lawyer acquitted of obstruction back in 2015.

Rodney Gillis is seeking damages, alleging he suffered a loss of income and clients, emotional distress, and a damaged reputation as a result of the 2011 court case related to former MLA Frank Branch and the North Shore Forest Products Marketing board.

He claims Deputy Police Chief Andre Comeau and an officer with the Fredericton Police Force were negligent in their investigation that lead to his conviction and that the City's of Bathurst and Fredericton failed to supervise the officers and appoint more seasoned investigators to handle the case.

Neither city is commenting as the matter is before the courts.

Gillis' claims have not been proven in court.