South East Wales

Caroline Parry murder 'not predictable or preventable'

Caroline Parry Image copyright Wales News Service

The murder of a woman by her estranged husband in 2013 could not have been predicted or prevented, a domestic homicide review has concluded.

Caroline Parry - identified as "Karen" in the report - was shot in Newport by her husband Christopher when she left him after years of unhappiness.

The 49-year-old mother of two had filed for divorce when she was gunned down. Parry tried but failed to kill himself.

The One Newport public services board investigated contact with the couple.

It found there had been limited contact with agencies, although it appeared there had been abuse within the marriage for many years.

Image caption Christopher Parry shot himself in the head in a bid to kill himself

After the killing in August 2013, Parry was convicted of murder and sentenced to a minimum of 26 years in prison.

Following Mrs Parry's death, the report said the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigated the actions of police officers in relation to a number of incidents.

The IPCC concluded there were misconduct and performance issues for individual officers and a number of organisational shortcomings Gwent Police needed to address.

Tony Blockley, who led the review, said as Gwent Police had implemented the recommendations within the IPCC report there were no outstanding issues raised in the review.

Supt Matthew Williams, One Newport's safe and cohesive lead, said: "We would like to express our sympathy to [Karen's] family and friends who suffered such a tragic and devastating loss."

He added: "One Newport is pleased to note that, as highlighted in the report, Gwent Police had already taken action to address shortcomings that had been identified by the IPCC."

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