Police bashing victim's lawyer welcomes DPP review of case
VINCE Boss, the criminal lawyer who acted for Corey Barker during criminal proceedings, has welcomed the news that the Director of Public Prosecutions will consider the matter.
The DPP will consider whether charges should be laid against police officers who were recorded on CCTV footage assaulting Mr Barker in custody in 2011.
Mr Boss said the Police Integrity Commission's referral of the matter to the DPP was an appropriate resolution under the circumstances.
"I think it's a good outcome based on the evidence I've seen and what we need to do now is wait for a review of the report to see whether the matter will be referred to the DPP for prosecution," Mr Boss said.
Mr Boss's comments come as NSW Police confirm one officer involved has been suspended, four remain on restricted duties and one has left the force.
"The NSW Police notes the PIC report and departmental investigation will be commenced once any potential criminal proceedings are concluded," a NSW Police spokesman said.
"It would show their integrity and stuff, for them to realise that they had done wrong and they did try to jeopardise my life, my career, my family's life," Mr Barker said.
The PIC tabled a report to Parliament on Monday, recommending the DPP consider laying charges against officers Hill, Eckerlsey, Walmsley, Mewing, Woolven and McCubben.
The report claimed the officers fabricated evidence, committed perjury and assault and engaged in police misconduct in relation to Mr Barker's arrest.
The DPP would then prepare advice to determine whether the officers will be prosecuted.
The DPP cannot confirm how long the process will take as the advice will be prepared by a series of senior solicitors and the director will consider the recommendations before giving final advice to the PIC.
If the DPP advises charges be laid, police will lay them and the DPP will prosecute.
The Police Association of NSW failed to return calls to comment.