mur­der case 999 con­cern

Mis­con­duct pro­ceed­ings over pros­ti­tute wel­fare call

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Tom Her­bert tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @TRher­bert

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.

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