Halifax police officer who assaulted woman charged with breaching probation

A Halifax Regional Police officer who pleaded guilty to a domestic assault and was granted a conditional discharge has been charged with breaching the conditions of his probation. 

Const. Jason Richard Murray pleaded guilty on Nov. 29 in Nova Scotia Supreme Court to assaulting a woman. He was granted a conditional discharge and placed on an eight-month probation order.

One of the conditions of his probation was that he have no contact with the victim.

According to the province's Serious Incident Response Team, a witness alleged Murray breached that condition on Feb. 9. SIRT then began investigating the allegation and laid the breach charge Friday. 

Murray has been released on conditions and is due back in court on April 18. 

Const. Dianne Penfound, a spokeswoman for Halifax Regional Police, confirmed Murray is on administrative duty and has been since April 2015.

SIRT is responsible for investigating all serious incidents involving police in Nova Scotia, whether or not there is an allegation of wrongdoing.