16 September 2004 Edition
PSNI raid on SF member's home
West Belfast Sinn Féin activist Kevin O'Leary has lodged a complaint to the Police Ombudsman's Office after members of the PSNI stormed into his house and demanded personal information from his 17 year old son on Thursday 9 September.
O'Leary said his son, also called Kevin, told him that he was in the house with his 15 year old brother when two PSNI Land Rovers and two unmarked PSNI cars pulled up at the house in Hamill Glen, in West Belfast, at around 1.30pm. Two PSNI questioned the teenager about his father's whereabouts and asked him for his personal details when they found out his father wasn't home.
"They then pushed past him and told him they would arrest him before barging into the living room and hall and looking at corresponce which was on a coffee table. They also lifted my car keys from the fireplace and asked for my mobile phone number".
The PSNI members then informed Kevin junior that his 16 year old sister had been taken to hospital after collasping.
"I think this only happened because I work for Sinn Féin", said O'Leary.
Sinn Féin Assembly member Michael Ferguson said it was shameful that the PSNI can still burst intopeople's homes in this way.
"The Police Ombudsman's Office need to look into this as Mr O'Leary's children were threatened with arrest and bullied by members of the PSNI".
The ordeal ended when neighbours came into the house and told the PSNI to leave.