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Police watchdog issue report following woman's murder
1:10pm Tuesday 30th October 2012 in Local News
A POLICE watchdog has issued its findings after a woman was murdered in her own home.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission has issued its report following the death of Jeanette Goodwin at her home in Quebec Avenue on Sunday, July 24, 2011..
She had been stabbed to death by her ex-partner Martin Bunch who had a history of domestic violence towards her.
The report said that Jeanette had called the police hours before Bunch attacked her because she had seen him at her fence in breach of his bail conditions.
However, the call had not been treated as urgent partly because of limited officer numbers in Southend and too few supervisory staff in the control room.
But they said before the day of her death police had offered her good support to pursue allegations of domestic violence against Bunch.
IPCC Commissioner, Rachel Cerfontyne, said: “The inadequate Essex Police response on the day of the murder contrasted with the concerted effort made by the force to protect Jeanette Goodwin in the preceding months.
DCC Derek Benson said he had apologised to Jeanette Goodwin’s family for their failings on the day of her death.
He added: "The IPCC report found shortcomings in respect of four members of police staff and one acting police sergeant.
"The IPCC concluded that their actions did not amount to misconduct but did require debriefing with a senior officer to address performance measures, which has been done.
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