Vancouver Rape Relief's Press Release on Bonnie Mooney's Civil Suit

VANCOUVER - Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter supports Bonnie Mooney’s civil suit seeking to make the Prince George RCMP, the BC Attorney General, and the Solicitor General accountable for failure to protect Ms. Mooney, her friends and family from a violent ex-partner. The case is being argued now in Prince George, British Columbia. Ms. Mooney is represented by Henry Wood, the state is represented by George Carruthers. 

On March 11, 1996, Ms. Mooney went to the local RCMP after her ex-partner Roland Vernon Kruska had chased her across town in his car. Cst. Craig Andrichuk took her statement and interviewed Ms. Mooney, also checking Kruska’s prior criminal record. Despite knowing that Kruska was a dangerous man, who possesed guns and had a long record of violence, Cst. Andrichuk did not investigate further and told Ms. Mooney to call police if something else happened. 

On April 26, 1996, Kruska broke into Ms. Mooney’s home, he shot and killed Hazel White, then shot Ms. Mooney’s 12 year old daughter. Ms. Mooney escaped believing that Kruska wanted to kill only her and that he would follow her away from her friend and family. 

The RCMP’s Public Complaints Commission found Cst. Andrichuk culpable of a negligent response to Ms. Mooney’s request for protection. However, by opposing Ms. Mooney’s claim, the Prince George RCMP, the BC’s Attorney General and the Solicitor General contradict this earlier admission of failure. 

“The Attorney General’s Policy on Wife Assault and the RCMP additions to this policy were adequate direction in this case,” says Suzanne Jay of Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter, “Cst. Andrichuk had the power and direction to arrest Roland Kruska on the basis of Ms. Mooney’s complaint, he could have prevented the event’s of April 29, 1996. The police have a responsibility to the public and a particular responsibility to a woman who goes to the police for protection to save her own life.” 

“We call on the Solicitor General to stop defending Cst. Andrichuk’s indefensible actions and make whatever reparation is possible to Ms. Mooney immediately.” Continues Jay, “Publicly acknowledging the RCMP’s wrongdoing in this case is critical to ensuring that women have protection under the law and that the legitimacy of the Attorney General’s authority over British Columbia police forces is recognized.”