An official review into the case of a man who killed his grandfather in Southend has found the tragedy couldn’t have been prevented.
The victim’s wife was also assaulted but survived the incident in November 2013.
The Domestic Homicide report – commissioned by the Community Safety Partnership – says it wasn’t linked to any ongoing domestic violence and therefore agencies weren’t able to predict it would happen.
Christine Doorly, Independent Chair, told Raido Esex: “Any situation that results in a review like this is of course a tragic case and our thoughts are with the family and friends.
“In my role as independent chair I have ensured that the process of reviewing the case has been open and transparent, determine whether there are any lessons to be learned in terms of how agencies worked together, make improvements in services and ensure the review follows the relevant Homes Office guidance.
“This is a somewhat unusual review in that the homicide did not take place within an on-going or escalating pattern of domestic abuse. The perpetrator had not seen the victim for many years and it will probably never be possible to understand his motivation for the attack, other than his stated rationale. Mr Green (not the perpetrator’s real name) did not respond to requests to take part in the review, and it was felt that it would not be appropriate to involve members of the family in the review as given the nature of events there was no sense in which the victims were the subjects of domestic abuse prior to the attack, or could represent that experience.
The clear view of the panel was that none of the areas reflected on in the individual management review or overview recommendations would have been likely to have made any difference in this case, and the overview report conclusion was that this homicide was neither predictable nor preventable.
More information about Domestic Homicide Reviews can be found on th eSouthend Borough Council website HERE
The Executive summary can be found HERE
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