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Senior Constable Michial Luke Greenhalgh, 39, is alleged to have assaulted the boy as part of an arrest in Lateen Lane some time between two and three o’clock in the morning on 11 January 2018.

Video footage of the arrest made national headlines and was later used as evidence in a Law Enforcement Conduct Commission inquiry.

The inquiry examined the actions of all four policemen involved in the arrest and ended with a recommendation for the Department of Public Prosecutions to consider charging one of the officers, later revealed as Sen-Constable Greenhalgh, with assault.

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At preliminary court hearings, Sen-Constable Greenhalgh’s defence has said the accused was transferred from Bryon Bay police station to Lismore some time after the controversial arrest.

Sen-Constable Greenhalgh hasn’t yet appeared in court over the matter but a four-day trial is scheduled to start today in Lismore.

His is charged with one count of assault.

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  1. Well, we have seen the footage of FOUR violent police assaulting a naked, defenceless child in a back alley in Byron. The only question is, why is only one of these criminal thugs being charged ? There is not the slightest doubt that they all are guilty of cooperating to torture a child, who at no time resisted or posed any threat. This is all documented on camera and is a gut-wrenching indictment of the depths of depravity, common and apparently condoned by the Department of Public Prosecutions. How can the police be trusted to uphold the law when they break it with impunity ?
    Shame, shame, shame, G”)


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