Sussex Police settle human rights claim following domestic homicide

Sussex Police have settled a claim brought on behalf of the family of a woman who was murdered by her husband for a substantial sum of damages . Cassie Hasanovic was fatally stabbed by her husband in front of their children and her mother in July 2008. In the months leading up to her death Cassie contacted Sussex Police on numerous occasions to report that Harry Hasanovic was acting threateningly and violently towards her, but the police failed to take steps to protect her. On the day of her death Cassie was fleeing with her children to a domestic violence refuge. The police did not provide protection or an escort for the family and she was fatally attacked in the driveway. 

 

The family brought a claim against Sussex Police for their failures to protect Cassie. The claim was brought under Articles 2, 3, 8 and 14 of the Human Rights Act 1998 and for misfeasance in public office. The case was settled on the basis of the breaches of the Human Rights Act.

 

You can read more about the case here

 

The family were represented by Karon Monaghan QC, Nick Brown and Martha Spurrier, instructed by Matthew Gold of Matthew Gold and Co.

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