Police let down Shana Grice and she paid the ultimate price

Police let down Shana Grice and she paid the ultimate price

Shana Grice homicide case unfortunately, is a clear example of police reluctance to pursue stalking cases and the deadly consequences. I'm often criticised because I'm critical of the police not taking action. They think I should be sympathetic because they are overstretched and under-resourced. And domestic abuse cases and stalking are messy and time-consuming. But the real issue is that the police simply don't how to effectively deal with more psychological chronic abuse cases. It's time the police used a different approach to investigating coercive control, domestic violence and stalking. Then maybe the number ex-partner homicides and women who are driven to suicide will finally start to decline.

The Independent

Teenager 'murdered by ex-boyfriend' after police fined her for wasting their time over her fears about him, court hears

Court hears Shana Grice had her throat cut six months after complaining Michael Lane was stalking her.

Her former boyfriend, Michael Lane, 27, is standing trial for her murder, which he denies.

Jurors were told that Lane became “obsessed” with the teenager after she got back together with her previous partner, Ashley Cooke.

She told police Lane was stalking her in February 2016, after he allegedly hid outside her house, left unwanted flowers and a note that read “Shona will always cheat on you” on Mr Cooke’s car. 

One month later, Ms Grice reported that Lane had assaulted her, but he denied the allegation and provided texts that suggested she wanted to be in a relationship with him.

The court heard that Ms Grice was then charged with “having caused wasteful employment of police by making a false report” because she failed to disclose that Lane was her on-off boyfriend, and was issued with a fixed-penalty notice.

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