Police investigate prosecution
Great Southern police will internally investigate the prosecution of a criminally violent man in Albany Magistrate’s Court late last month.
Raymond Leslie Thompson, 45, walked away from Albany Magistrate’s Court on September 29 with a spent conviction for a violent attack he committed on his former partner last year.
At a hearing in July, the court was told that during the attack, Thompson burned cigarettes into the victim’s back and punched her repeatedly, including in the head.
The victim’s daughter, who was eight years old at the time and witnessed the domestic dispute, was also assaulted along with a neighbour, the court was told.
Despite the severity of the attack, which police described as cruel and cowardly, Thompson avoided criminal conviction for three assault charges, instead receiving a six-month community order.
It is believed he has left Albany for Port Hedland in search of work.
Yesterday, Great Southern district Superintendent Dene Leekong said an internal inquiry would be launched because crucial evidence may have been omitted from court during the prosecution.
“There was a good brief of evidence … her case was an extreme case and the statement of facts was very clear,” he said.
“But for some reason I understand they were not all read out to the magistrate.”
Supt Leekong said he was unsure whether photos depicting the victim’s injuries were submitted to the court as evidence.
“Our position is that we want to prosecute all cases of domestic violence to break the cycle of violence,” he said.
The victim, who wished to remain anonymous, said she was extremely frustrated by the outcome of the case and hoped to work with police to pursue an appeal.
“How can I tell a nine-year-old kid that’s justice?” she said.
Supt. Leekong said official inquiries would be put on hold until the prosecuting officer returned from leave later this week.
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