Police misconduct hearings after concerns raised over dealings with Boston woman prior to her murder

TWO police officers are facing misconduct meetings after an investigation raised concerns about the contact the force had with a Boston woman prior to her being murdered.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has today (Thursday) issued its findings from an investigation into police contact with Isabel Trindade prior to her murder in Boston in October 2010.

A statement on the organisation’s website says the investigation found that some officers ‘did not complete risk assessment forms and did not classify a number of contacts with Ms Trindade as domestic incidents, both contrary to force domestic abuse policy’.

As a result of the investigation, two PCs are facing misconduct meetings.

IPCC commissioner Amerdeep Somal said: “The investigation found that some officers failed to complete risk assessment forms when they should have done and control room staff wrongly closed a number of incidents as anti-social behaviour rather than domestic matters. This combination of factors led to specialist domestic abuse officers being unaware of a pattern of increasing harassment, and an opportunity to identify an escalation of risk to Ms Trindade was missed. I have been reassured by Lincolnshire Police that they have given updated training to officers around recognising domestic abuse incidents.”

Ms Trindade died from stab wounds in Argyle Street in Boston on October 7.

The following day Lincolnshire Police referred her death to the IPCC because of prior police contact with Ms Trindade.

Antonio Goncalves, her estranged husband, was later found guilty of her murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.

The IPCC investigation looked at 15 domestic incidents dating back to 2007 – eight of them in 2010 – where police responded to calls involving Goncalves and Ms Trindade.

With regard to incidents on July 2 and September 25 the commission states there ‘should have been appropriate steps taken by officers to properly investigate the alleged offence of making threats to kill and Mr Goncalves could potentially have been arrested’.