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Judge at Steven Colwell inquest to consider if he can demand medical records of PSNI witness to fatal shooting

Steven Colwell was shot dead by police at a vehicle checkpoint in Ballynahinch in April 2006

A JUDGE is set to consider if he can demand to see the medical records and notes of a former PSNI officer who is a witness at an inquest into a police shooting.

Judge Neil Rafferty QC will also request further information form the former officer’s GP.

He is sitting as a coroner at the inquest into the death of Belfast man Steven Colwell (23) who shot dead after he failed to stop at a police checkpoint in Ballynahinch, Co Down, in April 2006.

The vehicle, a silver BMW, had been stolen earlier that morning during a burglary in Downpatrick.

The judge has said he is "to some extent bewildered" at the actions of the officer who fired the fatal shots.

The witness, known as Officer O, had claimed the car was driving straight at him when he fired twice.

After starting to give evidence in April this was suspended due to ill health and he was given time to seek medical treatment.

The court has now heard that he has not done so and has indicated he would not do so.

A letter about his condition was presented to the court today.

Judge Rafferty indicated he will request a report from the doctor who assessed the Officer O’s condition and assess if he can demand access to Officer O's medical notes and records if necessary.

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