Should a Montreal police officer go to jail for fraud?
A Montreal courtroom heard arguments Friday on how to punish a Montreal homicide detective for fraud.
The crown says 44-year-old Sgt.-Det. Mario Lambert should go to jail for 6 to 12 months for what he did, citing breach of trust, the seriousness of the crime, and Lambert's lengthy experience on the force.
He was found guilty of passing along confidential information from a police database, something he insists was done as part of a case he was working on.
His lawyer is calling for a sentence to be served in the community, and a conditional discharge.
The defence says Lambert was not helping criminals, but rather fighting crime.
It also suggests his crime had no victims, will not likely remain on the force, and will live with the consequences of the crime for the rest of his life.
Sentencing is set for late November.