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Man to sue police over murder case

PUBLISHED: 11:22 01 October 2009 | UPDATED: 17:13 25 August 2010

THE father of a child who witnessed his mother s savage murder is set to sue the police with the help of the man wrongly jailed for her killing. Rachel Nickell, 23, was stabbed 49 times and sexually assaulted as she walked with her two-year-old son Alex,

THE father of a child who witnessed his mother's savage murder is set to sue the police with the help of the man wrongly jailed for her killing.

Rachel Nickell, 23, was stabbed 49 times and sexually assaulted as she walked with her two-year-old son Alex, on Wimbledon Common in July 1992.

A year after the killing, Colin Stagg, 46, spent 13 months on remand after being wrongly charged with the crime before being cleared and eventually winning a record £706,000 in compensation.

Now he is helping Alex's father Andre Hanscombe, 46, sue the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) over failure to prevent her death.

This comes after her murderer, Robert Napper from Plumstead, admitted the manslaughter of the former model nine months ago on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

But, it has also emerged that he had been suspected of attacking a woman three years before Nickell died and was not questioned.

Napper went on to then murder 27-year-old Samantha Bisset in her home in Plumstead, and her four-year-old daughter, Jazmine.

He was convicted of these killings in 1995 and is now detained indefinitely at Broadmoor high-security psychiatric hospital in Berkshire.

Mr Stagg's lawyers' firm WH Matthews are providing copies of documents, contacts and background information to help with Mr Hanscombe's claim against the police.

A police spokesperson said they had no knowledge of a legal case and said they would not comment on any complaints about their investigation.

marina.soteriou@archant.co.uk


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