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Misconduct proceedings over prostitute welfare call
FOUR Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) staff are to face misconduct proceedings over the handling of a 999 call made about the welfare of a prostitute whose body was later found dumped in a Gerrards Cross lay-by.
The proceedings follow an Independent Police Complaints Commission investigation into the way the MPS handled the emergency call which was made on the morning of June 23 last year. The phone call raised concerns for the welfare of drug addicted Anita Kapoor, 34, from Hayes in London.
Her half-naked body was found by a lorry driver in undergrowth alongside the Amersham Road, A413 later that day. She had been strangled to death in the early hours of the morning. Navin Mohan, 35, from Southall, was found guilty by a unanimous jury at Reading Crown Court in Decemeber and sentenced to life imprisonment.
The IPCC’s investigation looked at how the emergency call was graded and reviewed. Following the conclusion of the investigation, three MPS call centre staff and one MPS police constable will now face misconduct proceedings.
IPCC commissioner Cindy Butts said: “We have conducted a thorough investigation into the police response to the emergency call which was made on the morning of Ms Kapoor’s death.
“We have discussed our report with the Metropolitan Police and agreed that four staff members should face misconduct proceedings, which will take place in due course. Our sympathy remains with Ms
Kapoor’s family and friends.”
The misconduct proceedings will be held but a date for each of the hearings has not yet been set. The hearings are a gross misconduct hearing for a communication officer, a misconduct meeting for a communication supervisor, a misconduct meeting for a communication officer and a misconduct meeting for a police constable.
The IPCC report will be considered for publication following the conclusion of the misconduct proceedings.