GREENVALE Hotel owner, Michael McElhatton, has severely criticised his treatment by police after being de-arrested on suspicion of possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply.
In a statement, Mr McElhatton said the police had ‘blackened his name’ and ’caused so much upset for so many people.’
“While I wish to respect the ongoing investigation by the police into the tragic deaths of the three young people at the Greenvale Hotel on St Patrick’s night, I have no choice but to make it completely clear that I have nothing whatsoever to do with drugs,” he said.
“I can assure everyone that whatever any suspicions the police have raised about me in relation to anything to do with drugs is totally without any basis.
“I am shocked and horrifed that the powdery substance taken by police from the laundry in my house could be drugs.
“Despite there being no basis to these suspicions, they have blackened my name and caused so much upset for so many people, especially those who are grieving and distressed over the events at the Greenvale Hotel.”
Police have refused to apology for the circumstances which led to Mr McElhatton being re-arrested on the drugs charge.
They said that they followed ‘normal practise’ in revealing that the owner of the Greenvale Hotel where three teenagers died was arrested on suspicion of drug crimes before later saying that he had been ‘de-arrested.’
“Anything that we said about it follows our normal practise. We’ve not identified anybody. People may have chosen to identify themselves and that’s fine, that’s their lawful right and I undersand that, but that is, in fact, a choice.
“What we are about is investigating the deaths of three children in a fast-moving, high intensity investigation and actually the very fact that we move so quickly for the forensic examination – the very fact that as soon as we got the results we expeditiously made it known to the individual and then re-issued the update to the media I think actually shows transparency.”