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Police aware of domestic violence before bodies found

A jury hears how police visited the house of a domestic violence victim three times and each time nothing was done.

pic1A week after the last complaint was made to officers, 21-year-old Nichelle Thomas was dead, apparently chopped up by her violent partner whose body was found a short time later hanging from a tree.

Giving evidence at the inquest which started Monday (29 February), Senior Investigating Officer Dennis Walkington said he came to the conclusion, no third party was involved in the deaths.

He told the jury he believed the relationship was extremely volitile and there were signs of phsyical trauma.

He said from his investigations, he learned that Mr. Campbell was angry, jealous, often shouting at and hitting Ms. Thomas. But at no point was he ever arrested.

This despite police being called by her on three occasions, in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Each time going to their home.

One of them was because she said he’d threatened to kill her with a screwdriver.

But, Mr. Walkington said none of the officers reported the incidents as domestic violence to the Central Referral Unit, a database and pic2personal that logs calls of this nature…. And are later evaluated for further action.

The last time police visited the couple was on the 28th January 2014. Twelve days later, their bodies were found.

During each of the police visits to the couple’s home, the jury heard that Ms. Thomas did tell police she did not want her partner arrested and she was planning on leaving him and returning to Jamaica.

The inquest is scheduled for five days and continues Tuesday (1 March).

Cayman 27’s Paul Kennedy was at the Coroner’s Court and has this report.

About the author

Paul Kennedy

Paul Kennedy

Paul has worked for more than 20 years for regional and national newspapers in the UK covering some of the world’s biggest stories.

A multi-award winning journalist, Paul’s dream story is to find a dog that can play the piano. In the meantime he covers general news, produces, and hosts a weekly show about English football.

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