Po­lice ‘did make mis­takes’

South Wales Evening Post - - NEWS -

THE death of Mrs Pot­ter was not ini­tially re­garded as sus­pi­cious - nei­ther de­tec­tives nor the force med­i­cal ex­am­iner, the po­lice doc­tor, at­tended the house at Hill Street in Mum­bles to ex­am­ine the scene or body.

Her body was taken to Mor­ris­ton Hospi­tal, and then re­leased to un­der­tak­ers in prepa­ra­tion for her funeral.

It was only the tip-off from Natalia Mikhailoeakisse­levskaia about her pub con­ver­sa­tion with Derek Pot­ter that started alarm bells ring­ing.

Dur­ing the sen­tenc­ing hear­ing, the court heard lessons were be­ing learned fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent. Bar­ris­ter Paul Hob­son said it was plain that in cer­tain re­spects the po­lice re­sponse “was not as it should have been”.

He said: “Mis­takes were made ei­ther of com­mon sense or process - or both.”

The bar­ris­ter said the sit­u­a­tion was be­ing taken very se­ri­ously by South Wales Po­lice, who were look­ing at how it could im­prove its re­sponse to such in­ci­dents in the fu­ture.

He added: “Les­ley Pot­ter’s fam­ily were told one thing, and then an­other thing some time later - no fam­ily should have to deal with that.”

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