Arsema Dawit death: High Court orders inquest

originally by: BBC News
published: 26 April 2012

The mother of a teenager who was stabbed to death by an ex-boyfriend has won a High Court case for a full inquest into her daughter’s death. Arsema Dawit, 15, was stabbed more than 30 times in Waterloo, central London, by Thomas Nugusse in June 2008.

Nugusse, 22, confessed but he could not be tried after suffering brain damage following a suicide attempt in prison. Because of threats to Arsema made by Nugusse, a coroner was wrong to decide against a full inquest, a judge ruled.

Arsema’s mother Tsehaynesh Medihani, who brought the case after a coroner refused to hold a full inquest in 2009, hopes the inquest will shed new light on failings by the police which the family claim led to the girl’s death.

Arsema had complained to police that Nugusse had threatened to kill her, a report by the police watchdog found.

In 2010 the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) reported on “collective and organisational failings” by the police, who failed to follow up an allegation five weeks before Arsema died that Nugusse had threatened to kill her.

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