Published Friday, 20 December 2013
An inquest into the death of David Colhoun, which opened in Letterkenny last week, revealed that there had been failings in how the 22-year-old had been handled after his arrest.
Mr Colhoun had been arrested by police in Strabane during a night out in May 2011 but he escaped and went missing after entering the River Mourne.
It separates Strabane from his home village of Lifford.
Hundreds of volunteers took part in the search for David Colhoun's body over a ten-month period before his remains were discovered in the River Finn.
"There was never a doubt in my mind that he was in the river," said David's father.
"We dragged him in the next day, there was never a doubt that I know where he went in exactly. How he went in and why he went into the river I'll never know."
A misconduct investigation was carried out and it discovered two officers had failed in their duty of care to the 22-year-old. Both those officers have now been disciplined.
Last week a death certificate was issued to the family, three years since David went missing.
They say they are now planning to take a civil case against the PSNI, adding that David paid the price for their mistakes.
"If they had arrested him right he could have still been here today," said David's father.
"The handling of the whole arrest was all wrong. What went wrong? I do not know how he got away, but the way I lost that young boy and have no answers - I've to live with it."
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