14/05/2012

Seven Police Officers Disciplined Over Pensioner's Death

Seven police officers have been disciplined over an investigation into the death of Lisburn man Jim Heasley in October 2010.

The 70-year-old was assaulted as he walked home from Lagan Valley Pigeon Club.

An investigation by the Police Ombudsman found a series of failings in the initial police response.

The police ombudsman found that his injuries were not photographed and his clothing was not taken away for analysis.

In a statement the PSNI said: "We have apologised to the family for that however we are glad that thanks to the subsequent thorough and focused police investigation this case was brought to court and an individual has now received a custodial sentence in connection with Mr Heaseley's death."

In March, Jackie Allen pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

(CD/GK)

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