Police sued over ‘missed chances’ to save disabled woman killed by boyfriend
A failing police force is being sued by the family of a disabled woman who was killed by her boyfriend days after officers failed to act on her pleas for help.
Natasha Wild, 23, was stabbed after giving police a diary detailing abuse by Lloyd Brackenbury, 32.
Natasha, who had cerebral palsy, had tried to tell three PCs she had been sexually abused, slashed in the chest and thrown across a room four times. She wrote of Brackenbury: “Says that because me and my friend said we were forever friends, it means he must kill me.”
One officer described the diary as “nothing”, court papers claim. They instead focused on his mental health, a Domestic Homicide Review found.
He killed her at home in Syke, Rochdale, 11 days later on November 29, 2016. It came two years after Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary found “significant concerns” about Greater Manchester Police’s ability to protect abuse victims.
Natasha’s mother Susan and sister Amanda Courtney are suing GMP for £10,000.
Sarah Westoby, of Leigh Day solicitors, stated: “Had the defendant taken any or all of the steps set out… the deceased would have had a substantial chance of avoiding death.”
Brackenbury was found guilty of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
GMP said: “The investigation fell short of the standards expected from us.”