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Byron Shire
September 28, 2021

Dear Chief Magistrate

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Dear Chief Magistrate, Judge Henson,

I have just read of the decision by Magistrate Michael Dakin to dismiss charges brought against Senior Constable Greenhalgh.

I need to let you know how appalled both I and my wife are at this outrageous outcome.

The visuals said it all. A naked sixteen year old boy, face down and handcuffed, knelt upon by three to four large policemen, struck nineteen (19) times with a baton… eighteen of those by Constable Greenhalgh… because those large, supposedly trained, officers thought the boy was a threat?

I would suggest that, had it been possible in the process for the charge brought against Constable Greenhalgh to have been heard with a jury, then a jury could well have found the charge proven.

Struck nineteen times? A boy that was no threat. As I say… OUTRAGEOUS! And who cared about the boy’s welfare in all of this?

Sir, can I suggest that it may well be Magistrate Dakin’s decision that needs to be reviewed. We do so hope that the DPP appeals this decision.

Beware, the people of Lismore.

Yours sincerely… a citizen worried about the future of the application of justice in NSW.

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