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Man's CS spray claim rejected by Ombudsman

By Adrian Rutherford

Published 30/11/2016

Claims that a police officer struck a man in the ribs after spraying him in the face with CS spray during an alleged sectarian incident have been rejected by the police watchdog.

The man claimed an officer called him by name and without provocation sprayed him in the face during an incident in Armagh city in July.

The man said he retreated around a nearby corner to get water for his eyes, but was followed by the officer who then kneed him in the ribs and told bystanders not to provide assistance.

A Police Ombudsman investigator checked relevant police records, which revealed that the accused officer was off-duty at the time. The CS Spray canister registered to the officer identified by the complainant was weighed, and this showed it had not been used.

The allegations were subsequently rejected by the Police Ombudsman.

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