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Joanna Michael murder: Family cannot sue police

The family of a woman who was murdered by her boyfriend after a 999 delay have been told they cannot sue two police forces for negligence.

Joanna Michael, 25, from St Mellons, Cardiff, rang 999 twice before Cyron Williams stabbed her to death in 2009.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) ruled she was failed by South Wales and Gwent Police. She was stabbed 72 times in the time it took officers to arrive.

However, the Supreme Court said Ms Michael's family would not be able to proceed in their claim for damages, because police officers have immunity from negligence claims.

Joanna's mother, Angela, told reporters outside court she was "shocked" at the ruling.

  • 28 Jan 2015
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