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Four officers disciplined for treatment of brothers

By Michael McHugh

Published 18/05/2016

Police said are investigating the arson attack.
Police said are investigating the arson attack.

Four PSNI officers have been disciplined for the "oppressive" way they dealt with two brothers they wrongly suspected of theft.

One officer was recorded on a mobile phone making an abusive and insulting remark to one of the men, who they suspected of having left a Chinese takeaway without paying, the Police Ombudsman said.

He later denied making the comment, and three other officers in the same room at the time denied having heard it.

However, when the audio recording was played back the officer who made the remark accepted that it was him, but said he had no memory of saying it.

The incident happened in Co Armagh last June at the home of the suspects. They were known to police, and seven officers went to the address because they were concerned the situation might become violent.

When the two brothers agreed to accompany police to the Chinese takeaway, the owner confirmed that they had not been the people who stole the food.

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