In East Tyrone Magistrates Court yesterday a phrase was used by a detective constable in a bail hearing that has my brain considering whether this is correct or not.
The defendant was arrested at the scene of the finding of some ammunition and a holdall containing a revolver in a car in which he claims he was being taken to be a victim of a “so-called punishment shooting”*, lying face down on the back seat with a blanket over his head.
His solicitor said,
bail should be permitted as his client had no previous record.
Yet the detective constable replied:
That may be so, but he is known to police.
Now, I am known to police. My membership of various bodies and organisations is known to police. All of these are in a law-abiding capacity.
However, were I to be arrested, detained, charged, and the subject of a bail hearing like the accused above, me being “known to police”, would the magistrate be told by the police that I was “known to them”. And if not, why not, as this would be not
Telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth