Police not charged over teen death

POLICE officers who handcuffed an Ipswich teen on the ground before he was run over and killed will not face criminal charges.

Andrew John Bornen, 16, was lying handcuffed and face-down on a busy road at Brassall on February 7 last year when he was struck and killed by a car.

Officers arrested Andrew after receiving reports that a youth was armed with a machete in the area.

After an inquest at Ipswich earlier this year, State Coroner Michael Barnes said the incident should be referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions to determine if Senior Constables Anthony Brett and Robert Ward should face criminal charges.

It was yesterday confirmed that no charges would be laid relating to Andrew's death.

Director of Public Prosecutions Tony Moynihan SC said he had carefully considered evidence that would be admissible in any trial.

"There is no suggestion that the police officers were acting unlawfully or not in the execution of their duty in arresting Andrew Bornen who was intoxicated and armed in public," Mr Moynihan said.



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