Tragic Nickell's partner to consider legal action
Published 04/06/2010 | 05:00
SCOTLAND Yard detectives who left psychopath Robert Napper free to kill Rachel Nickell in 1992 could face private legal action by her former partner, it was revealed last night.
Andre Hanscombe is considering whether to bring a civil case against senior investigators identified as making a "catalogue of bad decisions and errors" by a police watchdog.
His solicitor Kate Maynard said Mr Hanscombe was also looking at whether to lobby British home secretary Theresa May for a public inquiry that would summon the retired officers to give evidence.
Mrs Maynard said: "There are three options left to him. Firstly, to do nothing, secondly, to press for a public inquiry which has the power to compel witnesses to attend.
"The third option might be to pursue civil proceedings, which of course has legal difficulties."
A report published by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) yesterday said Metropolitan Police officers missed a series of opportunities to take Napper off the streets.
Officials said police blunders left Napper free to attack Ms Nickell and an unknown number of women who were raped and sexually assaulted as Napper stalked south London parks.
They also highlighted how police delayed bringing Napper to justice for Ms Nickell's death by falsely accusing Colin Stagg, despite mounting evidence he was not responsible.