Officers disciplined by Ombudsman over Bangor assault investigation failure

Two officers have been disciplined following an investigation by Dr Michael Maguire's office.

A POLICE constable and his sergeant, who both admitted to failures in the investigation of an assault on a man in Bangor, have been disciplined following recommendations by the Police Ombudsman.

Both received written warnings for failure in duty following a complaint by a man assaulted outside a nightclub in the town.

The victim, from north Belfast, reported the assault to an officer standing outside the nightclub immediately after the incident in December 2016, identifying and pointing out three men to him.

The officer suggested he seek medical treatment for a cut to his face and report the incident the following day. This initial contact had not been logged.

The investigating officer acknowledged that he had not conducted a thorough investigation and had failed to keep the complainant updated on the case.

Ombudsman staff also interviewed the officer’s sergeant in relation to his handling of the case. He, too, accepted there were failings in the investigation as well as in his supervision of the officer.

Both police officers were disciplined.

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