Police assaults 'clap-trap'

PUBLISHED : Friday, 02 February, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 02 February, 1996, 12:00am


POLICE say claims almost half the suspects who gave confessions over a two-month period last year were threatened or assaulted were 'simplistic clap-trap'.

A survey of magistrates in June and July last year found in cases involving confessional evidence, 45.6 per cent of defendants said their confessions were not voluntary. Police spokesman Eric Lockeyear said he was 'surprised the figure was so low'. 'I would have expected something closer to 100 per cent. If a defendant has confessed, then regrets it . . . it makes sense to challenge the statement-taking . . . It is simplistic clap-trap to suggest this means the actual assaults have occurred.'