Sussex

Review into Northiam shooting of Mary Shipstone

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Image caption Mary Shipstone was shot on the doorstep of her home by her father

A serious case review is to be held into the events surrounding the fatal shooting of a seven-year-old girl.

Mary Shipstone was shot twice in the head by her father outside her home in Northiam, East Sussex, on 11 September.

Yasser Alromisse turned the gun on himself after the shooting. Mary died in hospital the following day.

The youngster had recently moved to the village with her mother, who had separated from her husband after being the victim of domestic violence.

The review will be carried out by the East Sussex Local Safeguarding Children Board.

It will involve multiple agencies and will seek to establish if mistakes were made, and what lessons can be learned.

'Trauma and grief'

The funeral for Mary was held at St Mary's Church in the village last month.

She was described by her mother Lyndsey as a "fun, bright and inquisitive little girl", whose loss had left the family "in a state of trauma and grief".

A fund to help children affected by trauma has been set up in memory of Mary.

Money from the fund will support Rye-based charity The Music Well, which offers music therapy to children.


Joshua Rozenberg

Legal commentator

A serious case review has to be held where a child dies, or abuse or neglect is suspected.

Now in this case, I don't think anybody is suggesting that there was abuse, but was there neglect?

In particular was there neglect which enabled Mr Alromisse to find out where this little girl and her mother were living? That I think is the question.

Was this the fault of anybody in the local authority, children's department, and the police, or was this something that couldn't have been prevented?

I think that's what the inquiry has got to look at.


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