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Mountie charged with assault faints in court

A Richmond Mountie fainted Thursday afternoon during his sentencing on an assault charge in Richmond provincial court.

During an appearance before Judge Ron Fratkin, Const. Inderpal Singh Bal was handed a suspended sentence for assault causing bodily harm in relation to an arrest he made in January of 2012.

Richmond lawyer Jason Tarnow (@VancityCrimLaw) tweeted around 2 p.m.: "At Richmond Prov Crt a police officer is being sentenced for assault. Judge gives him susp. sentence. Accused faints. Medics tending to him."

Early last year, the officers who attended the scene of the arrest brought some concerns to the attention of a supervisor, and an internal investigation was then launched, led by the Surrey RCMP. The suspect in that arrest was taken to hospital and later released.

Bal is also the subject of an internal code of conduct investigation.

RCMP Supt. Rennie Nesset said last year: "Any time a police officer uses force, that force has to be justified. Const. Bal will now have to account for his actions in criminal court and through the RCMP code of conduct process

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