25.9 C
Byron Shire
February 25, 2021

Ballina police ‘taunted’ alleged victim

Latest News

‘Hollywood’ drug squads over the top

I guess we have to thank Hollywood for the enduring myth that a black-clad squad of elite 'blokes', preferably with cool helicopters, from the capital are needed to crack down on really serious crime in hick parts of the country like Mullumbimby.

Other News

Cut it down – Tweed Councillors at odds over future of forest red gum

‘We should be active and take the tree down,’ Cr Polglase told the Tweed Shire Council meeting last Thursday, referring to a significant forest red gum and koala food tree in Tweed Heads West.

Local fisherfolk caught in the parking fine net

FIsherfolk have been caught in the net of parking fines designed to stop travellers parking up for the night on the Tweed Coast Road and they are seeking help to access their beaches at night without fines.

CWA getting their facts right on the Far North Coast

Members of the Far North Coast Group of the Country Women’s Association of New South Wales (CWA) gathered in Lismore on Saturday for their Group Facts Day.

Craig Kelly quits Liberal Party

Federal Member for Hughes Craig Kelly has resigned from the Liberal Party, technically throwing Scott Morrison's government into minority as it grapples with scandals from within and without.

Northern Rivers policeman accused of youth assault to continue facing trial

A police officer accused of assaulting a 16-year-old in Byron Bay more than three years ago is to continue facing trial this week.

Lismore urges REX to reconsider service cancellation

The regional airline Regional Express (REX) announced yesterday that five services, including its Lismore service, would cease once government support through the RANS program is discontinued at the end of March.

 Staff reporters

A young Aboriginal man who was allegedly bashed and falsely accused of assault by officers at Ballina Police Station told the Police Integrity Commission (PIC) yesterday that when his mother came to visit him officers made lewd gestures towards her, trying to aggravate him.

The PIC is looking at allegations that officers at Ballina bashed Corey Barker in custody and later accused him of attacking them after he intervened in an altercation between police and two of his friends in January 2011.

Mr Barker told the inquiry yesterday that the last thing he remembered of the incident was being dragged from his cell and taken to the rear of the police station where there were no CCTV cameras.

He alleges police then punched and kicked him in the head and body until he was unconscious.

The case was referred to the PIC after CCTV footage from inside Ballina police station contradicted testimony from officers, and a magistrate found they had lied about the incident.

In their defence, the police officers turned to evidence that would not be allowed in a court of law in an apparent effort to tarnish the reputation of the alleged victim.

Information about Mr Barker’s previous convictions would not be allowed to be heard in a criminal trial prior to sentencing but was placed on the record at the commission hearing yesterday.

Mr Barker said when his mother visited him at the police station one officer made a lewd gesture while standing behind her.

‘I saw an officer behind doing a gesture, pretending to squeeze her arse,’ he told the inquiry.

‘They were just trying to aggravate me.’

Four officers then attempted to move him from the cage to another room, intending to take him to a cell down the hall.

‘They had shoved me through the door… to provoke me,’ he said.

Police falsely claimed he had punched Senior Constable David Hill on the nose in that incident.

Senior constables Hill and Ryan Eckersley and constables Luke Mewing and Lee Walmsley gave court evidence about the punch.

The CCTV footage showed the officers wrestling Mr Barker to the ground, kicking him in the head and kneeing him in his side.

The officers handcuffed him and dragged him along the floor down to the cells with his arms in a vertical position.

‘It had to be the top of the cake for pain in that incident,’ Mr Barker said.

He suffered injuries to his face, neck, arms and hips.

The inquiry continues.

– with AAP

 


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

1 COMMENT

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Local fisherfolk caught in the parking fine net

FIsherfolk have been caught in the net of parking fines designed to stop travellers parking up for the night on the Tweed Coast Road and they are seeking help to access their beaches at night without fines.

Family Court scrapped

Despite overwhelming opposition from Australia’s family law specialists and advocates, the federal Liberal-Nationals government and cross benchers scrapped the Family Law Court and subsumed it into the circuit courts last week.

Cavanbah centre gets a taste of 3×3 basketball

The Byron Beez basketball team in collaboration with the U League hosted a 3x3 tournament at the Cavanbah centre at the end of January that attracted 30 teams.

Northern Rivers policeman accused of youth assault acquitted

Magistrate Michael Dakin has ordered a common assault charge against a former Byron-based policeman be dropped after an altercation involving a naked youth in Byron Bay three years ago.