Belfast Telegraph

PSNI probe into death threat was satisfactory

By Chris Kilpatrick

No disciplinary action should be taken against a PSNI officer accused of failing to properly investigate an alleged threat to kill, the Police Ombudsman has ruled.

A member of the public lodged a complaint with the Police Ombudsman's Office after the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) decided not to prosecute the person alleged to have made the threats.

The complainant alleged that the PPS had reached its decision on the basis of a lack of evidence provided to it by police, who admitted neglecting to obtain CCTV footage of the incident or to speak to witnesses.

When interviewed by Police Ombudsman staff, the investigating police officer said he considered there was no case to answer as the complainant himself did not believe his life to be in danger.

Nevertheless, he said when he became aware of the complainant's dissatisfaction, he recorded statements from the complainant, another witness and the suspect, with a file submitted to the PPS.

The Police Ombudsman concluded the officer had conducted a proportionate investigation, given the circumstances of the case.

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