Report on Parry murder raises domestic abuse questions

By Lenore Rice

The response by police to domestic abuse calls by Caroline Parry, who was murdered by her estranged husband, has been criticised in a new report into her death.

Caroline Parry had told police that her husband had been aggressive towards her, and was stalking her. She also communicated concern about his ownership of shotguns. However, a police officer who met with her husband, Christopher Parry, concluded that he was of "no risk to himself or others." In August last year Mr Parry shot his wife dead on a street in Newport and failed in an attempt to commit suicide when he turned the gun on himself. He has been jailed for a minimum of 26 years.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) have released their report on the handling of the case, which criticises the police for not classifying Mrs Parry as being at 'high risk of serious harm', and for the manner in which they responded to her husband's controlling behaviour. It concludes that more consideration should have been given to the domestic abuse Mrs Parry was suffering, and suggests improvements to current domestic abuse policies, and calls for better training on stalking and harassment.

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