Rosie told police she was a victim of domestic violence. She was the one arrested

By Hagar Cohen and Raveen Hunjan

Published 19 May 2021, 4:46am

On a sunny day in December 2019, Blue Mountains resident Rosie Cooney locked herself in the bathroom of her boyfriend’s parents’ house and rang the domestic violence hotline 1800 RESPECT. 

She told the operator her boyfriend was still in the house but in a different room, and that he had been physically violent.

Yet later that same day, Rosie Cooney would be arrested, detained and charged with assaulting her boyfriend. 

7.30 has obtained never-before-seen police body-cam footage of Rosie’s case, which reveals the shocking circumstances that led to her arrest.

Former New South Wales magistrate David Heilpern, who analysed the footage for 7.30, has called for an independent inquiry into the police response in Rosie’s case.

“It’s a deprivation of liberty that in my view is unlawful,” he said.

“This is a case that certainly warrants investigation by the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission.”

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