The teenager at the centre of a high-profile strip-search investigation has rejected NSW Police's claim they apologised to her over the illegal procedure. The lawyer for the year-old woman, who cannot be legally named, also sent a cease-and-desist letter to Police Commissioner Mick Fuller over on-air comments he made last November, accusing him of inviting speculation about her client's "history". A police sniffer dog in action at Slendour in the Grass in Credit: AAP. The police watchdog has found the teenager was unlawfully strip searched at Byron Bay's Splendour in the Grass festival in July , when officers overlooked legal obligations to have a parent or guardian present with the thenyear-old during the procedure, as well as failing to afford her proper privacy during the search.
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A teenager who was unlawfully strip searched at a music festival near Byron Bay is still waiting for a personal apology from police. An inquiry by the NSW Law Enforcement Conduct Commission was told an apology had been issued to the girl, who was 16 at the time of the incident. The teenager was singled out by a sniffer dog as she entered the Splendour in the Grass Festival at Yelgun in No drugs were found, and the girl later told the state's Law Enforcement Conduct Commission LECC that she felt humiliated and had sobbed uncontrollably during the ordeal.
Naked strip search of 16-year-old girl 'unlawful', NSW watchdog finds
On its opening morning the counsel assisting the commission, Peggy Dwyer, told the hearing at least 30 strip-searches were conducted on minors at the festival. In NSW, officers must not conduct a strip-search outside a police station unless the urgency and seriousness of the situation requires it. In the case of minors, a parent or guardian must be present unless an immediate search is necessary to protect the person or prevent the destruction of evidence. But the inquiry heard only five of the 30 searches were conducted in the presence of a support person.
Police have been condemned for pulling down an Aboriginal boy's pants and forcing him to squat naked without his parents present in a little-noticed report to the NSW Parliament just last month. The Law Enforcement Conduct Commission slammed NSW Police over the incident in the state's north-west in a scathing report that was overshadowed by separate reports into strip-searches conducted on teenagers at music festivals. The police watchdog found an officer had placed his fingers in the waistband of the year-old's shorts on the main street of the unnamed town and looked at his backside, searching for drugs.