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PSNI actions in wake house inexcusable

30 October, 2004

Sinn Fein Councillor for North Belfast, Carál Ni Chuilín, has slammed the actions of the PSNI. This follows the PSNI entering the home of a woman who had died at 2am last night and questioning a son for twenty minutes in the back of a jeep about the mothers background.

Speaking today Cllr Ni Chuilín said:

"What the PSNI did today is completely inexcusable. The McNally family have just lost their mother to cancer last night and to have the PSNI enter the house and claim that it was the scene of a crime and proceed to question one of Mrs McNally's sons for twenty minutes is unbelievable.

"This is a family who will be suffering enough at this time of loss and to have the PSNI enter the family home armed with automatic rifles is surely not a practice that would happen anywhere else.

"I will be advising the McNally family to contact the office of the Police Ombudsman and their solicitors. This cannot be allowed to happen again to any other family. It also raises serious question on what is the practice and procedure of the PSNI in a so-called new beginning for policing." ENDS

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