Review ordered by Priti Patel of woman killed during lockdown

Priti Patel has ordered a review into the circumstances behind the killing of a woman in Wales.

Review ordered by Priti Patel of woman killed during lockdown: It happened during lockdown and her husband was sentenced to five years in prison. The jail sentence caused outrage from domestic violence campaigners. The Home Office said she has asked for a domestic homicide review (DHR). This is carried out to examine the background of the deceased due to domestic violence or neglect.

The dead woman’s husband, Antony Williams, was found not guilty of her murder last month. He had strangled her to death in March last year at their home in Cwmbran. Sentencing him to five years for manslaughter Judge Paul Thomas said it was a “tragic case on several levels” but in his view Williams’ mental state was “severely affected at the time”.

Patel said in a letter to Torfaen council’s public service board that they are wrong in assuming no lessons could be learnt from the killing. She went on to say “You believe Ruth Williams’ death to have been a spontaneous event, but I do not accept that there are no lessons to be learned here.

A DHR would help to uncover whether there were missed opportunities and support your understanding about how to prevent further tragedies in cases where there do not appear to be any abuse. I consider this particularly important given domestic abuse is often a hidden harm with victims suffering in silence, sometimes until it is too late.” Torfaen council has agreed to comply with the Home Office direction.

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