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Man who told PSNI that he would keep stalking female officer has complaint against the officer dismissed by the Police Ombudsman

A man who told the PSNI that he would keep stalking a female police officer has had a complaint against the officer dismissed by the Police Ombudsman
Marie Louise McConville

A man who told police that he would keep stalking a female police officer has had a complaint against the officer dismissed by the Police Ombudsman.

The man had made a complaint of oppressive behaviour to the Ombudsman's Office after the police officer told his solicitor she would have him arrested if he didn't stop contacting her.

The officer, who was conducting an investigation in which the man was a suspect, had interviewed him as part of that inquiry at the start of April last year.

She then contacted the Police Ombudsman's Office at the end of May to note that she had advised him after interview that any further contact would be made through his solicitor.

It was found that the man had made five attempts to contact the officer between April and May, leaving her feeling harassed.

The man denied making any phone calls to the officer.

However, police records showed that as well as two emails and a police switchboard message, the man had attempted to contact the officer on two occasions by phone.

On one of those occasions he told police staff that the female officer being on leave was "ridiculous" and that he would continue to "stalk" her.

The man's solicitor confirmed the officer had approached him at the start of June and spoke about his client's numerous attempts to contact her.

The solicitor confirmed the police officer said that if the behaviour continued she would seek the man's arrest for harassment.

The complaint was closed as unsubstantiated.

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