Sunday, September 07, 2008

Killer Could Have Been Stopped But Restrictions Weren't Enough To Stop Him

From the BBC:

A stalker who killed his ex-lover and then had sex with her corpse could not have been prevented from murdering her, an official report has found. David Summers, 23, plagued Diane Edwards, 53, for weeks, before killing her at a house in Blyth, Northumberland, in October 2006.

The jilted lover ignored a string of court conditions to keep him from Ms Edwards and removed an electronic tag.

A Serious Case Review has found he "actively breached all restrictions." Summers, of Brookside Avenue, Blyth, was sentenced to a minimum of 20 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to murder and sexual interference with a corpse. He had battered the mother-of-three to death.

This finding that this murderer couldn't be stopped is faulty. Only because of the flaws in the system was he unstoppable. When a stalker ignores a string of court conditions meant to protect someone from harm, the laws should be set up so that stalker can be charged with serious crimes and incarcerated.

The fact that this man who clearly was determined to harm or murder someone before he succeeded at murdering her has a minimum sentence of 20 years is just as troubling as the system's utter failure to recognize his active breaches of all restrictions as serious crimes.

There is a difference between someone not being willing to stop when told to do so and someone who escaped from jail and then committed murder. In the second scenario there is a serious attempt by law enforcement to give a stalking victim effective protection.

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posted by Marcella Chester @ 7:58 AM   2 comments links to this post


At September 07, 2008 9:55 AM, Anonymous Cara said...

"Had sex" with her corpse???? What the fuck is that?

Journalism standards are so ridiculously fucked in the head.

At September 07, 2008 4:31 PM, Blogger JENNIFER DREW said...

Agree. This murderer raped the woman after having killed her. But there the media increasingly refuses to report the truth so instead we have 'had sex' or 'sexual relations' instead of rape. Agree the authorities once again did not provide adequate protection and instead another woman has been murdered by a man who obviously believed she was his property.


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