NI: Woman wins leave for judicial review against PSNI reinstatement of death probe officer
A woman has been granted leave for a judicial review against the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) over its decision to reinstate an officer under investigation in connection with her son’s death, the Belfast Telegraph reports.
The Public Prosecution Service is still considering the findings of a Police Ombudsman investigation into the 2014 death in custody of David McGowan, 28.
Lawyers for the late man’s mother, Elizabeth McGowan, have told the High Court in Belfast that the PSNI that she should have been consulted on a decision to reinstate the officer who dealt with Mr McGowan.
Barrister Hugh Southey QC for Mrs McGowan argued that the PSNI’s policy was flawed and unlawful, and suggested the decision was motivated by budgetary pressures within the force.
Mr Justice Paul Maguire accepted that Mrs McGowan had raised an arguable case and granted leave to apply for a judicial review at a further hearing.