Letter: Sir David Carruthers on the Parlane case

Last updated 12:00 30/01/2013

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OPINION: I write regarding your editorial (Jan 28) about the case of Timothy Parlane.

The Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) investigated this case after notification by police and a request by the family in April 2011. We reported our findings to both police and the family last August.

The authority is required by law to maintain secrecy regarding complaints, and to conduct its investigations in private. It has the discretion to publish public reports.

Most complaints we investigate do not result in a public report. Most are, instead, concluded by way of direct correspondence with the complainant.

A decision was taken not to release the findings from this case for a number of reasons, including the family's preference for the report not to be made public.

Obviously they were traumatised by the event and subsequent media attention. There were other circumstances, including that it involved an unsolved murder inquiry and an inquest is yet to be held. That, the IPCA considered, outweighed the public interest in the case.

You may be assured that the IPCA has the public interest at heart and you will be seeing more public reports from us in future.

Judge Sir DAVID CARRUTHERS

Independent Police Conduct Authority [abridged]

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