“OTTAWA — A Carlsbad Springs man will be seeking financial compensation from the Ontario government for what he says is a two-year “malicious prosecution” after he and a member of his church jointly bought and slaughtered a pig in 2009.
On Tuesday, Crown prosecutors will be dropping charges of operating an illegal slaughterhouse and distributing uninspected meat against Mark Tijssen, a major in the Canadian Forces.
Last Tuesday, when the Crown appeared before Ontario Court Justice Lise Maisonneuve to withdraw the charges, the judge adjourned the proceedings for a week to allow Tijssen enough notice to be present, as a matter of “fairness to him and a matter of decency.”
Crown prosecutors and the Ministry of Natural Resources have refused to divulge why a now seemingly botched two-year-old case has been shut down only a month before trial.
Crown prosecutor Alan Ryan would not return phone calls from the Citizen last week and offered no explanation when he sent Tijssen a terse letter Dec. 5 saying that he wanted to “apologize for the inconvenience” of the two-year investigation.
“They are not off the hook,” said Tijssen, still seething on Sunday.
“They have done me damage and I want compensation for it. That is definitely coming. This isn’t over.”
The Crown and the ministry were put on notice last week by Maisonneuve, who said she will be in court Tuesday and expecting an explanation as to why the charges were being withdrawn…”