Whoa! We average 60,000+ unique weekly readers!

NI News

Officers did not use Excessive Force to gain DNA Sample, Ombudsman rules

1 Mins read

A Police Ombudsman investigation has rejected a claim that a man’s arrest was unjustified and that police used excessive force while taking his fingerprints, DNA samples and photographs.

The man was arrested in March this year on suspicion of having breached a non-molestation order.

After arresting him, officers found a small bag of white powder and he was then also arrested on suspicion of the possession of a Class A drug.

He later claimed that his arrest had not been justified and, when in the Custody Suite, officers had used excessive force when taking fingerprints, DNA samples and photographs.

However, when a Police Ombudsman investigator viewed CCTV footage of the incident, he found that the man had been visibly agitated and had refused to co-operate with police staff.

The footage showed that between nine and 11 custody office staff were required to ensure that fingerprints, samples and photographs could be taken.

The investigator noted that police had a right under the Police and Criminal Evidence Order to use reasonable force to obtain this material, and concluded that the force used by custody staff had been “reasonable, controlled, proportionate and necessary.”

He also concluded that the man’s arrest was justified given the allegation that he had breached a non-molestation order, and was suspected of being in possession of drugs.

The Public Prosecution Service subsequently directed that the man should not be prosecuted in relation to the alleged breach of the non molestation order, and he received a caution for possession of a Class B drug.

Related posts
NI News

Funding provides lifeline to Arts, Culture and Heritage sectors - Ní Chuilín

2 Mins read
FacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsAppCommunities Minister Carál Ní Chuilín yesterday welcomed the announcement of £29m support for the culture, language, arts and heritage sectors impacted by…
NI News

Murphy allocates £165million for culture, businesses and capital projects

1 Mins read
FacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsAppThe Executive yesterday agreed Covid-19 funding allocations of £165million which will see a funding injection for business, infrastructure, culture, schools and local…
NI News

Dodds hails resilience of Northern Ireland’s tourism and hospitality industry

1 Mins read
FacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsAppNorthern Ireland’s tourism and hospitality industry has demonstrated its resilience during the pandemic, Economy Minister Diane Dodds said. With most participants taking…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *