Forensic report too slow: top cop

SIX weeks and two days after a South Grafton couple experienced the shock of a projectile flying through their living room window, showering the room with broken glass, investigating police still do not have the forensic report into the incident.

On Tuesday NSW Deputy Police Commissioner Dave Owens visited the Clarence and offered the view that six weeks was too long to wait for a forensics report.

He said that if a projectile had to go to Sydney for a ballistics report, it could take some time but:

“A reasonable response would be a yay or nay it is or isn’t a bullet by this time,” the deputy commissioner said.

Coffs Clarence Local Area Commander Mark Holohan was not sure why the forensic, which would identify the projectile, was taking so long, but suspected it could be a matter of priorities.

“Sometimes when there is no-one killed or injured those sorts of cases aren’t given priority,” he said.

However, he said the forensic report should be available sooner rather than later.

Meanwhile the couple whose house was attacked are not distressed by the speed of the police response.

“The detective looking after the case rings us now and again to keep us informed with how the case is going, so we’ve got nothing bad to say,” said one of the victims of the attack, who do not want to be named.

“This is Australia, not America. We’re not expecting a quick response.

“The detective said that when they find something out, there will be something in the paper.”



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