A boy as young as just five years, has found his own mother dead inside their home months after calling the police to report his violent stepfather.
Farkhanda Younis was found dead by her five-year-old son (Picture: GMP)
A mere five-year-old English boy found his mother dead eight months after he bravely called police to say his stepfather was hitting her.
According to Metro UK, the police watchdog has now identified a series of failings in the case of Farkhanda Younis, 30, who was murdered by her jealous husband, Jahangir Nazar.
Back in September 2012, Farkhanda’s little boy – from a previous relationship – made an emergency call to report that his stepfather was ‘hitting his mum’.
A police officer attended and spoke to the couple, but no action was taken after he concluded there were ‘no worries’. He added that the child’s plea was a ‘false call with good intent’.
Eight months later, in April 2013, he rang 999 again because he couldn’t rouse her and her room was locked. It turned out she was dead, having been repeatedly stabbed in the throat.
Nazar, 35 at the time, was found guilty of her murder and sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 22 years.
Now a report from the police watchdog has revealed that Farkhanda was a long-time victim of abuse.
Greater Manchester Police systems dating back to 2001 recorded 46 reported incidents involving different partners. Despite this, the IPCC found the radio operator conducted very little background research.
This led to inaccurate information being given to the officer who attended the child’s call.
He therefore didn’t know she was a possible repeat domestic violence victim. On three occasions prior to the child’s call, neighbours called police to report suspected domestic violence at her home.
The police attended each time but the report said all incidents were closed without a domestic violence code or a risk assessment being completed.
Meanwhile, between August 2012 and her death the following year Farkhanda had six encounters with police.
On one occasion an officer did attend her home and completed a risk assessment which was handled by a specialist domestic violence detective.
Months after that, in February 2013, Farkhanda’s friend called GMP to report that Nazar was trying to kick her door down after they had separated.
The friend warned the call handler that if Nazar got in he would kill them. The handler graded the call a ‘priority’ and an officer attended recording the incident with a domestic violence code.
Despite this, the risk against Ms Younis was still classified as ‘standard’. GMP says it has made key changes to policies and practices in light of the case and two other murders of women in Greater Manchester by abusive partners in 2013.
Supt Denise Worth said: ‘We have made considerable developments in all areas since the three women were murdered, specifically in how we handle reports of domestic abuse, to prevent similar tragedies happening in future.’
The killings of Linzi Ashton and Rania Alayed were also investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission, which said it raised ‘very serious concerns’ around the force’s handling of domestic violence allegations.