PSNI officers disciplined over 'catalogue of mistakes' in search for missing man

Friday 22 February 2013 08.57
Family of dead man say the PSNI let them down
Family of dead man say the PSNI let them down

Twelve police officers have been disciplined in Northern Ireland for their handling of the search for a missing man who was later found dead.

James Fenton, 22, admitted himself to the mental health unit at the Ulster Hospital in July 2010.

His body was found ten weeks after he disappeared in a secluded wooded area less than 40 metres from the hospital grounds.

The police had conducted a search and told the missing man's family they believed he was alive and staying with friends.

Northern Ireland's Police Ombudsman described the investigation as a catalogue of mistakes.

It is believed Mr Fenton climbed over a gate at the back of the building and died a short time later.

His mother Janice said the police had let her family down.