Police ‘did make mistakes’
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.”