Manchester

GMP officers disciplined over handling of Darren Orrett case

Dawn Barr Image copyright GMP
Image caption Barr was jailed for nine years for manslaughter

Two police officers have received written warnings for their handling of a domestic violence case days before a man was killed by his ex-girlfriend.

Darren Orrett was stabbed to death by his former partner Dawn Barr at her home in Cheadle, Manchester in 2012.

Officers had attended Barr's home five days previously, but failed to report that Mr Orrett had stab wounds, the police watchdog found.

Greater Manchester Police admitted failings during the investigation.

Barr, who was jailed for nine years for manslaughter, claimed the officers' attitude on their first visit made her reluctant to call them a second time.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) also criticised the force's handling of other domestic violence cases.

IPCC commissioner James Dipple-Johnstone said it needed to tackle "a culture which appears to minimise and dismiss the impact of domestic violence to make sure that we do not see further examples where victims are let down with catastrophic outcomes".

The force said it had acted on the recommendations made by the watchdog.

Ch Supt David Hull said: "Tackling domestic violence is a priority for Greater Manchester Police and we are dedicated to helping protect those suffering at the hands of their tormentor."

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