Hearing for cops accused of locking child, 8, in paddy wagon

UPDATE 5pm: A HEARING date was set for two police officers who allegedly left an eight-year-old boy in a paddy wagon for almost three hours in Coraki last April.

Officers Brian Michael Quinn and Michael John Writer have been charged with leaving a child in a motor vehicle causing emotional distress, and police officer neglect/refuse/carry out any lawful order.

The pair will appear before the court for a two-day hearing on June 22 and 23.

In Lismore Local Court yesterday, concerns were raised by the Crown over an event that "may affect the running of the proceedings".

The Crown told the court that "an influx of relatives" were expected to be in the Coraki area on June 26 and 27 for a special occasion in the indigenous community.

But those concerns were dismissed by Magistrate David Heilpern, who said the June 22 and 23 dates were the most suitable.

The Crown also raised concerns about a local magistrate presiding over the upcoming hearing due to the risk of previous associations with the accused officers.

Mr Heilpern made it clear that action must be taken as soon as possible if there was any reason to disqualify a local magistrate from overseeing the hearing.

 

TUESDAY 9.50am: TWO police officers accused of leaving an eight-year-old boy locked in a paddy wagon in Coraki for almost three hours will face Lismore Local Court today.

Senior Constables Brian Michael Quinn and Michael John Writer have been charged with neglect/refuse/not carry out any lawful order and leaving a child/young person in a motor vehicle causing emotional distress.

They are listed to appear in Lismore court today.

The incident occurred on April 13 last year.

It has been alleged that Mundhra Williams, 8, and a group of boys were picked up by police for allegedly throwing rocks and eggs at a Richmond Valley Council car at the Coraki sewerage treatment plant.

The officers then allegedly left Mundhra locked in the back of a paddy wagon for almost three hours.



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