A terrified woman made two 999 calls before she was battered to death, but police were too busy to respond, a damning report said yesterday.And it gets better:
Joanne Butler, who had mental problems, was attacked by her neighbour Sean Wilson and his 13-year-old son, who described her as the 'psycho woman' in the flat above.Savour the irony there for a second…
They used a sock filled with rocks to beat her about the head before butchering her with an axe.
The police force involved, Leicestershire, was the same one criticised last year after its officers missed dozens of opportunities to tackle yobs who drove Fiona Pilkington to kill herself and her teenage daughter.Is the place under some kind of curse? Is this town built on an ancient burial site, or something?
Just when you think things couldn’t get any worse for the police, this was disclosed:
Yesterday's report also revealed that Wilson also called 999 within minutes of his victim.Well, great advice, chaps, but no need to rush or anything, he already took care of it…
Wilson, a labourer, was told to call back later if he was still having problems with the woman.
Now, it does seem that the police do spend an awful amount of time sorting out the problems of the underclass, as any glance at the police blogs will tell you.
But there’s irritating, and there’s downright dangerous, and it shouldn’t take Sherlock Holmes to tell you which category this fell into:
Police had dealt with Miss Butler 20 times in the ten months before she died. Wilson, now 41, was also known to them as a violent alcoholic who once held a hacksaw to his exwife's throat.So you’d expect them to respond with something resembling alacrity, wouldn’t you, lack of resources or not?
After all, in other forces, there’s obviously priority for officers to attend a blogger’s house at the request of people who make frivolous complaints and insist that the blogger deletes his blog…
Oh, and in case you were wondering about that mysterious 13 year old:
. Wilson was jailed for life in November 2006 for the killing in January that year.Talk about keeping it in the family…
His son Ashlea, who can be named after an Appeal Court ruling, was ordered to be detained for at least nine years.
Miss Butler's parents, Garry, 64, and Pauline, 62, of Markfield, Leicestershire, said they were planning to take legal action over the authorities' handling of the case.Good luck with that.