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Police issue apology and compensation to family of woman following her death

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Kirsten Sjøvoll

Warwickshire police have issued an apology and over £20,000 in compensation to the family of a woman who died following a domestic violence related incident. Luisa Mendes called police on an evening in October 2012 saying that she was being beaten by the two men with whom she lived. Although an emergency operator for Warwickshire police stated that the police would attend within the hour, they did not actually arrive at her address until the following day and on their arrival she was dead. Although no one was charged in connection with her death, a jury at her inquest concluded that she had died as a result of her injuries caused by the attack. Police chiefs have acknowledged that there were errors made in the case and in the future they are determined to do things differently.

Kirsten Sjovoll was instructed by Nancy Collins of Hodge Jones & Allen who acted for the family of Luisa Mendes.

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