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"Bully boy tactics" used in police investigation

NOT HAPPY: Greyhound trainer Cyril Wilson is angry his daughter, 15, was hauled out of school and interviewed by police without his knowledge or legal representation.
NOT HAPPY: Greyhound trainer Cyril Wilson is angry his daughter, 15, was hauled out of school and interviewed by police without his knowledge or legal representation. DAVID NIELSEN

A ROSEWOOD greyhound trainer is ropable his daughter was dragged out of school and made to participate in a coercive police interview without consent or legal representation.

The teen, 15, who the Queensland Times has chosen not to name, was hauled out of class on the morning her father was charged with live baiting offences.

Cyril Wilson, 63, is facing five animal cruelty offences alleged to have occurred between August 31, 2014 and January 9, 2015.

Mr Wilson told the QT he plans on defending the charges.

But it is the treatment of his daughter at the hands of police which has him angry.

Mr Wilson said it was not until he was released on bail in the afternoon he learnt about what had happened to his daughter.

He said at no stage was she offered the opportunity to contact her parents.

"I have no doubt when this story is published I will get backlash from the police," he said.

"I live in constant fear now for my safety and that of my family because of the police and the way they have treated our family.

"As a father it is my duty to protect my daughter . . . but who protects you against the protectors."

Mr Wilson's daughter told the QT she was fearful and confused during the hour-long police interview.

She started crying when recalling her experience.

"I had no idea what was happening . . . I was really scared," she said.

"They set up a camera and started recording what I was saying.

"They were asking heaps of questions about our family and our animals."

The teen said she was told her parents had been contacted and were aware of what was happening.

She told the QT when she got home she learnt her parents had not been contacted.

"Never at any stage did the police tell me why they were interviewing me," she said.

"I was so upset, confused and embarrassed at getting pulled out of class by the police in front of all my friends."

Mr Wilson said his daughter now has to walk around with a legal letter in her pocket in case police approach her.

He said the actions of police were deplorable.

"This tactic, these bully boy gutter tactics, can happen to anyone," he said.

"No person should have to walk around with a legal letter in their pocket so they are not harassed by the police, especially a teenager who has done nothing wrong. This whole thing is ripping the guts out of our family - I get so emotional just thinking about what they put my beautiful girl through."

The Queensland Police Service said in a statement to the Queensland Times there are strict legislative requirements surrounding the interview of minors.

"There are several instances in which police may need to interview a child," it said.

"Under certain legislation there is provision for police to interview children without the prior knowledge of a parent or long term guardian/s."

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