Warwickshire Police pay compensation and apologise for death of Luisa Mendes

05.01.17 | |


Warwickshire Police have agreed to pay damages to Luisa Mendes’ family in recognition that they breached her right to life when they failed to respond properly to Luisa’s 999 call in October 2012.


The Chief Constable of Warwickshire Police has also provided Luisa’s family with a written apology stating that he is “truly sorry” for the police’s numerous failures and omissions, both individual and systemic, which a jury found had caused or contributed to her death following a three week Inquest in May 2016.


The admission of liability and the apology is especially welcome given that the police had maintained at the Inquest that Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights - which protects the right to life - was not even arguably engaged on the facts of the case. More background to the Inquest can be found here.


Graeme Hall represented Luisa Mendes’ family, instructed by Nancy Collins, Partner, Hodge Jones & Allen.


Further news coverage can be found in the Guardian.

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