The McGowan family continue to be devastated at the loss of their much loved son and brother David.  He is forever in their thoughts and prayers.


The family firmly believe, and consider that the evidence at this trial proves, that David would be alive today had he been treated humanely whilst in police custody.


The McGowan family are frustrated at how the trial was prosecuted and have grave concerns as to how the substantive trial of the senior custody sergeant, collapsed.


The McGowan family consider that the extent of police failures and the gravity of the consequences are not reflected in the conviction and sentence handed down today.


David should have been safe in police custody.  He was not.