Fresh from the debacle that was the botched prosecution of Brian Shivers and Colin Duffy and what seems to be related malpractise in the prosecution of Brendan McConville and John-Paul Wooton (the ‘Craigavon two’), further serious allegations have been made regarding the PSNI’s system of administering justice.
Legal representatives for Gary McDaid, one of those arrested in Derry city earlier this year in possession of viable mortar devices, are requesting ‘the audio and CCTV recordings of Antrim Serious Crime Suite and the prison’. This, in relation to allegations of serious misconduct on the part of investigating British officers. According to Ciaran Shiels from Madden and Finucane solicitors:
Are we to witness another case with charges thrown out due to the alleged gross misconduct of the PSNI?We have accused them of accessing suspects in custody once their solicitors have left the station and pressurising them to plead guilty to serious scheduled offences when their lawyers are not present. The police have used emotional techniques and bullying in order that they become private informers or public supergrasses. Percentage discounts on sentences are being offered together with assurances of bail within a few months.
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