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?POLICE OFFICERS LIED ABOUT AN ASSAULT ON THEM

Investigations are continuing into whether two police officers should be charged over a case in which a young woman was wrongly accused of assaulting an officer outside a Swan Valley brewery.

Police Assistant Commissioner Gary Budge today confirmed the officers had been stood aside from active duty pending the outcome of an internal review into their actions.

“Consideration is being given to both officers being required to answer to the Commissioner of Police as to why he should maintain confidence in their suitability to remain police officers,” Mr Budge said.

“The assessment of that is still being undertaken.”

Penelope Jane Challice, 21, was acquitted of assaulting a public officer by the Midland Magistrate’s Court after Magistrate Elaine Campione found Ms Challice had been unlawfully arrested and the evidence unreliable and lacking credibility.

Ms Challice had been evicted from the Feral Brewing Company during the Spring in the Valley festival on October 11, 2009.

The State Solicitor’s Office is now examining the material to determine whether the actions of any police involved in the incident warranted criminal sanction.

“It is important to note that where there is an allegation of assault or excessive force against a police officer, it is not uncommon for WA Police to seek a legal opinion from the DPP or the State Solicitor’s office,” Mr Budge said.

“It shouldn’t be inferred from this that WA Police has concluded there is a prima facie case rather that we are seeking to ensure there is an independent assessment of the facts.”


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