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Police (Complaints)

Volume 886: debated on Wednesday 19 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) if he will make a statement on the circumstances in which Gerard Larmour of 29 Orritor Crescent, Cookstown, Co Tyrone, was removed from Omagh RUC station, and on what happened so that when his mother saw him in Cookstown RUC station at 8 p.m. she saw heavy bruising on his abdomen and it was observed that he had large areas of bruising on his body;(2) if he will investigate the circumstances in which Peter McKenna of 11 Lisson Drive, Cookstown, Co Tyrone, was detained by the RUC at 7.30 a.m. on Friday 31st January 1975 and removed to the South Tyrone Hospital at 10.30 p.m. on the evening of 31st January 1975;(3) if he will investigate the assaults on constituents of the hon. Member for Fermanagh and South Tyrone, and their treatment in humiliating and degrading ways in Cookstown RUC station on 31st January 1975 and 1st February 1975, together with the medical evidence that supports these matters.

On 31st January and 1st February 1975 a total of eight persons were questioned at Cookstown RUC station. Gerard Joseph Larmour, Peter McKenna and one other subsequently alleged that they had been assaulted. These complaints are being investigated in accordance with the statutory procedure. When the investigations have been completed the procedure requires that a report shall be made to the Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland.No complaints have been made by any of the other five persons.