Police to meet Mohan family for a second time

Published: 11 Oct 2012 13:000 comments

Chief Superintendent Pauline Shields -- who met the family of 16-year-old Daniel Mohan at their home in Enniskillen last week -- is to meet them again for a second time.

Chief Superintendant Pauline Shields leaving the Mohan family home in Enniskillen last week.

Chief Superintendant Pauline Shields leaving the Mohan family home in Enniskillen last week.

The teenager's mother Tracey McMulkin and father Martin want an explanation as to why police officers failed to locate the teenager's body in the River Erne for five days after he was reported missing. Daniel died just over two years ago.

While it is not known, yet, what was discussed at the two hour meeting last Thursday afternoon it would appear the family are seeking further information from Fermanagh police.

Nine police officers, including Duty Inspectors and Sergeants, "failed in their duty" to take adequate steps when investigating Daniel's disappearance. All nine, eight of supervisory rank, were disciplined by the Police Ombudsman after they failed to correctly risk assess, record, enquire and review police actions in an effort to locate missing Daniel.

Outside the Mohan's home, Chief Superintendent Shields declined to comment when approached by this newspaper following the meeting.

Accompanied by another officer, she said: "We are going to come back and speak to her [Tracey] again and we are not going to speak to the Press."

Asked if she had apologised to the family, she said: "I don't want to make any comment."

Daniel's parents were unable to discuss the meeting either, saying the senior police officer had asked them not to.

But last month Tracey told this newspaper that her intention was to use the meeting as an opportunity to ask the Chief Superintendent a number of vital questions.

"There are many things I want to ask the police; I want to know why they left Danny in the water for so long and why they weren't properly searching for him when I told them he was missing."

She added: "At the end of the day they failed; they played about with my son's life; my son was a human being; a child whose heart was beating. He wasn't an oul dog; he was a child."

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