A police officer has been disciplined after a complaints watchdog found he did “virtually nothing” for almost a year to investigate a serious assault on a schoolboy.
The Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland recommended the disciplinary action after investigating a complaint made by the boy’s mother.
Ombudsman investigators found the officer made some initial inquiries but then “failed to progress the case in any significant way for 10 months”.
The watchdog said the officer could provide “no valid reason” for his inaction.
In the wake of the 2014 assault, which left the Co Down schoolboy with a broken front tooth, a suspected broken wrist, a black eye and bruising, his mother made repeated attempts to contact the investigating officer, with no success.
The Police Ombudsman’s office said the PSNI had implemented a recommendation to discipline the officer.