POLICE have been blasted for their failure to deal with repeated “cries for help” from a young mum before she was brutally murdered by her Bulwell partner in front of their two-year-old daughter.
Casey Brittle (21) was beaten to death by Sanchez Williams at her home on Springfield Street, New Basford in the early hours of Sunday October 3 last year.
Williams (27), of Lathkill Close, was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 15 years behind bars for the murder of Miss Brittle. On appeal, his punishment was extended to a minimum of 20 years in prison.
But now Nottinghamshire police have been criticised in a report by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).
There was particular focus on 11 reports made to police about domestic abuse involving Miss Williams and Sanchez between September 2008 and August 2010.
The IPCC found that there were “systemic failures” in the handling of the case.
Information was not passed on to the force’s domestic abuse unit and bail conditions placed on Williams not to contact Miss Brittle were not enforced.
Nottinghamshire police called in the IPCC to investigate the murder of Miss Brittle, who was punched and stamped on.
Assistant Chief Constable (ACC) Paul Broadbent said he deeply regretted Miss Brittle’s death and the circumstances surrounding it. He said: “We will never know, as the IPCC report sets out, whether we could have saved Casey’s life had we taken a different approach to those 11 incidents involving Casey and her violent partner.
“What is certain, however, is that we could and should have done more. That is a cause of deep and lasting regret and I have formally apologised to Casey’s mother.”
Six officers, who were involved in responding to three of those previous reports in which Miss Brittle was attacked, appeared before a misconduct meeting and admitted their failings.
However, ACC Broadbent said that that case was not just a failing of individual officers to respond. He said: “It was a collective, cultural and organisational failure by the force, as the IPCC rightly points out and for which we unreservedly accept.”
When Miss Brittle was suffering her deadly beating, her toddler could be heard screaming: “I want my mummy”.
Four times, the little girl walked into the room where the bloody attack was happening.
The latest criticisms from the IPCC come after the Nottinghamshire force was lambasted over its handling of a stab-attack on Gail Hdili by her husband in Bulwell in 2009. She was left blind in one eye.
A series of recommendations have been made in light of Miss Brittle’s murder.
ACC Broadbent says action has been taken, including new training programme for all officers and an overhaul of practices in identifying victims of domestic violence.
Miss Brittle’s mum has appeared in a 20-minute film about her daughter’s death. This is being shown to every employee of Nottinghamshire police.