Murder of woman by estranged husband was preventable, says report

The Guardian:

Merseyside’s assistant chief constable Ian Pilling said: “There were shortfalls on the part of Merseyside police. In particular, there was a failure to recognise the risk posed to the victim by her killer, who had threatened to commit suicide.

“Individual officers appeared more concerned regarding the threat of self-harm on the part of Paul Holmes rather than about recognising the potential for him to pose a real and significant threat towards Rebecca.”

Pilling said the force fully accepted the IPCC’s recommendations and many of them had already been implemented.  He added the force was powerless now that Inspector Abram had retired: “The force has no power to prevent a police officer retiring in such circumstances.”

My emphasis.  The absurd rule allowing retirement to avoid disciplinary proceedings should be charged.

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