Two Cumbria detectives are facing a misconduct probe after a man murdered his ex just two days after he was released without charge when she claimed he had repeatedly raped her.
Miklos Verebes, 29, was arrested and interviewed on September 13 last year over the allegations made a few days earlier by his former partner Hungarian national Melinda Korosi.
In the days before her death Ms Korosi told police Verebes had raped her and she was judged to be at very high risk of domestic abuse.
The couple, who are both Hungarian nationals, had two children together and Verebes had previously been jailed for an assault on the mother, 33.
At about 6am on September 15, neighbours saw Verebes break into his victim’s home in Orton Road, Carlisle.
He then attacked her with a sharpened rock. Police found Verebes covered in her blood next to Ms Korosi’s body, however he denied murder and blamed a knife-wielding stranger.
In March, Verebes was ordered to serve a minimum of 28 years in jail as a jury at Carlisle Crown Court unanimously found him guilty of murder and three counts of rape between 2013 and 2016.
Jurors watched a video of a police interview that Ms Korosi gave six days before her death in which she outlined regular sexual, physical and emotional abuse that she suffered at the hands of Verebes.
The qualified English language teacher had already been classed as at high risk of harm following an assessment by an independent domestic violence adviser, the court heard.
The police watchdog has now confirmed that two officers are under investigation in relation to their actions prior to the murder.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) probe is looking at the contact that Ms Korosi had with Cumbria Constabulary, including any measures to safeguard her welfare and the actions taken following her allegations of rape and assault.
An IPCC spokeswoman said: ‘Based on the evidence collected so far the IPCC investigator has decided there is an indication of misconduct by a detective constable and a detective sergeant at the force. Both officers have been notified.
‘All other officers involved in this case are being treated as witnesses at this time.’
Following Verebes’s convictions, Ms Korosi’s mother Marta Hegyi Csiscman said she loved her daughter with her ‘whole heart’ and described her as a person who liked to make friends and travel.
She added: ‘It is very difficult to accept that she is no more, I can never embrace her again and I cannot help her achieve her goals.
‘There are many questions and I don’t know if there will ever be answers to them, I only know that my big daughter of whom I was always proud did not deserve this and she will never be able to tell me what had happened and why.
‘She can never make her dreams come true and cannot raise her children and I can never help her in anything anymore.’
SOURCE: DAILY MAIL