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Lessons must be learnt in handling of Ronan Hughes tragedy – O Neill

18 June, 2015 - by Michelle O'Neill

Sinn Féin MLA for Mid Ulster Michelle O Neill and Francie Molloy MP have today accompanied the Hughes family to meet with the PSNI in relation to the tragic death of Ronan Hughes.

Speaking following the meeting Ms O Neill said:

“I attended this meeting between the PSNI and the Hughes family in order to provide support and assistance.

“The family attended in order to ask for an update on the investigation and into what is now being termed webcam blackmail.

“There are clearly lessons to be learned on how the case was handled by the PSNI. Both the Policing Board has asked for details of this case and the PSNI have also referred this case to the Ombudsmans office.

“Coming from such a tragic event there now appears be a step change in how such cases will be dealt with. For instance Facebook previously waited 3 to 4 days following a complaint from a police service to remove a page. The Hughes family were given reassurances that any such pages will now be removed immediately following such a complaint.

“Further to this the family were informed that the PSNI have now issued guidance to all its officers as to how to deal with such cases and will be increasing training in this field.

“It is clear that this is a growing area for crime and needs to be focused on. We should all use this opportunity to enhance understanding of these issues and learn from international best practice in order to ensure that such a tragedy is not repeated.”

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