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Cop rapped for his failure to probe road rage incident

By Staff Reporter

Published 12/08/2016

A police officer has been disciplined for failing to investigate a road rage incident and failing to inform the victim that the case had been closed
A police officer has been disciplined for failing to investigate a road rage incident and failing to inform the victim that the case had been closed

A police officer has been disciplined for failing to investigate a road rage incident and failing to inform the victim that the case had been closed.

A motorist reported in July 2014 that a driver threatened him and later went to his work and demanded to know where he lived.

An officer recorded a statement and gave his mobile number so he could be contacted. Nine days later the complainant saw the other man's car and left a message.

However, he said he never heard from the officer again, despite raising the case several months later. Police Ombudsman investigators reviewed police records and found gaps of months during which the officer had done nothing to progress the investigation - despite being asked to make further enquiries.

The officer said he could not recall receiving a voicemail, but accepted he had failed to provide the man with updates and had not contacted him when the case was closed. The PSNI has since implemented a recommendation the officer should be disciplined.

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