Belfast Telegraph

Friday 1 August 2014

Family of beating victim in call for officers to be sacked

Attacked: Gerard McRandal

AN officer involved in the bungled probe into a sectarian beating which left a man brain damaged should be sacked, the victim's family said last night.

AN officer involved in the bungled probe into a sectarian beating which left a man brain damaged should be sacked, the victim's family said last night.

Relatives of Gerald McRandal (33), a Catholic, called for action after a report revealed major errors in the attempted murder inquiry contributed to the suspects' trial collapsing.

The victim's brother, Noel McRandal, claimed the Police Ombudsman's scathing assessment of the investigation in Larne, Co Antrim, showed alarming PSNI incompetence.

He said: "It was police neglect right from the word go."

Gerald McRandal was attacked ferociously in October 2002 at the entrance to Gardenmore House tower block where he lived.

Although two men were charged with trying to kill him and another three accused of withholding information, they walked free in January 2004.

The case against them fell apart when it emerged that a police officer never disclosed to the defence a notebook she used on the night of the attack which contained the name of one of the accused. The note was not transferred into her official police record.

Mr McRandal demanded a tougher punishment for the woman he insisted was experienced enough to know better.

"I don't think she should be in her job because she's obviously not capable of doing it," he claimed.

"What other mistakes has she made over 12-14 years service and what other mistakes is she likely to make? Is every other investigation going to fall apart at the seams?"



The PSNI said it had not yet received Police Ombudsman Nuala O'Loan's report yet, but would consider its findings and take on board the recommendations.

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