Police apologise for preventable death
Thu, 28 Feb 2013 6:24p.m.
By Michael Morrah
Police have apologised after an investigation found they could have prevented the death of a woman who was attacked by her neighbour with a hammer.
The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found a series of errors ended in the murder of Hamilton woman Diane White.
Just over two years ago Ms White was murdered in an incident the IPCA says police got seriously wrong.
Police discovered her body at her home in January 2010 - she'd been beaten to death with a hammer by mentally ill neighbour Christine Morris.
Morris had escaped from a mental health facility at Waikato Hospital after telling staff she was planning to kill.
“We could have protected Diane, and we didn't. And for that, I'm really sorry,” says the upper North Island’s assistant commissioner Allan Boreham.
The IPCA report identifies numerous failures:
The next call police received was from the same neighbour saying Morris had just left her home. A few minutes later she emerged from Diane White's home covered in blood.
“Not all the people are with us anymore. A number of the staff involved in this have resigned,” says Mr Boreham.
“I'm really, really sad and I apologise to the family.”
Police have made dozens of changes since Ms White's death.
Communications staff are now monitored and assessed on their performance and dispatchers are sent automatic case updates. Police say they want to ensure that such a tragedy doesn't happen again.
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28/02/2013 8:53:00 p.m.
This is just so sad - once again the Police are incompetent and proves my point of why I have no faith in them at all. In this line of job, there should be NO mistakes this bad. I work in Pharmacy and if I was to make a mistake with dispensing medication my job would be on the line, if not fired. I do not accept this apology from the NZ Police, I find it absolutely disgusting and I wonder why such muppets are actually working for the NZ Police. Signed .. Pissed off!
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