Died 21st January 2012

Kate Mott (35), a nurse and mother of two children, was raped and strangled by her estranged and violent husband Brent Mott (32) at her home in Everard Road in Southport, Merseyside, on 21st January 2010. Mott was jailed for life on 11th August 2010 and ordered to serve a minimum of 25 years.

In January 2012, following an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), it was revealed that Police had dismissed Kate Mott’s complaint that he was harassing her, as a case of “bickering adults”. Despite telling police that Brent Mott, also a nurse, had ignored a court order to stay away from her and was eligible for arrest, no checks were made.

According to the IPCC, Kate Mott, who worked at Southport hospital with Brent Mott, had taken “appropriate legal steps” to protect herself and obtained a court order against her husband, which had attached  a power of arrest. Merseyside Police failed to log it and 5 weeks later, Mott strangled her.

The IPCC unearthed “failings at each stage” after Ms Mott rang police in December 2009, to complain Mott was harassing her, in breach of the court order. When she sought help from Merseyside police, “errors” in the way it processed one of her calls led to it being handled incorrectly and “she did not receive the level of service she was

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