Case dismissed against 'Irish Catholic' unprepared to be searched by 'British' policeman
Published: 23 Apr 2013 16:16
An "Irish catholic" who was not prepared to be searched by a "British" policeman has been found not guilty of resisting the PSNI officer.
Francis James Quigley, of Camphill Park, Drumclay, Newtownbutler, denied the charge.
The case was contested at Fermanagh Court and on Monday District Judge Liam McNally gave his verdict.
He said surprisingly the facts were largely common to both sides. A police officer stopped 51-year-old Quigley in Newtownbutler and told him he wanted to search him under security powers. Quigley made it abundantly clear that as an Irish Catholic he was not prepared to be searched by a British police officer. The officer told him force could be used and took hold of him by the arm to search him. Quigley began to push his arm away and move away.
The District Judge said Quigley's actions didn't amount to anything more than a manifestation of his stubbornness not to be searched. While his conduct was objectionable it didn't stray over the line of resisting a police officer in the execution of his duty.
He dismissed the charge against Quigley.
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