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PSNI officer disciplined as part of Greenvale Hotel probe

Connor Currie (16), Lauren Bullock (17) and Morgan Barnard (17) died at the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown on St Patrick's Night in 2019
Connla Young

A PSNI officer investigated by the Police Ombudsman as part of its probe into the Greenvale Hotel tragedy has faced a "disciplinary sanction".

The officer was one of two investigated by Marie Anderson's officials in relation to potential misconduct.

A spokesman for the Police Ombudsman last night said disciplinary recommendations were made in relation to one officer.

"The investigation into the conduct of the two police officers not subject to an interview under criminal caution has been completed," he said.

"The Police Ombudsman made disciplinary recommendations in respect of one of these officers and PSNI administered the recommended disciplinary sanction to this officer."

It is understood no further action was taken against the second officer.

A spokeswoman for the PSNI said: "A misconduct file was received from the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland (PONI).

"We upheld the PONI recommendation and have conducted a misconduct meeting with the officer."

Details emerged days after a Police Ombudsman file relating to five PSNI officers was sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (PPS).

The ombudsman said the five officers were interviewed under criminal caution on suspicion of the offence of misconduct in a public office.

Meanwhile, Detective Superintendent Eamonn Corrigan said the Greenvale investigation remains active and confirmed "a file of evidence has been submitted to the Public Prosecution Service for consideration".

“Over 1,300 witness statements have been taken and more than 140 young people have been interviewed by specially trained officers," he said.

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