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Police officers cleared of gross misconduct in relation to death of Rebecca Sessacar, stabbed 58 times by her husband

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TWO police officers have been cleared of gross misconduct in relation to the death of a woman stabbed by her husband 58 times.

Rebecca Sessacar, 25, was subjected to a frenzied attack in front of a six-year-old girl at the couple's home in Duppas Hill Terrace, Croydon, on December 20, 2012.

Police were called to reports of screaming coming from the flat but the two constables left after looking through the letterbox, claiming not to have seen anything of concern.

They later returned after receiving another call from a neighbour and broke the door down after noticing a trail of blood. Rebecca, a trainee nursery nurse, was found lying in a pool of blood in the front room next to two kitchen knives.

Bulent Sessacar, 28, was jailed for nearly 11 years in February after pleading guilty to manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility.

An investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) into the actions of the police in the lead up to the killing found "some evidence of individual failing" and recommended two constables should attend gross incompetence meetings.

In a statement provided to the Advertiser today the IPCC said a Metropolitan Police disciplinary panel did not uphold the allegation against either officer.

"It concluded that the two constables conducted an investigation that was appropriate to the circumstances they were presented with," a spokeswoman said.

Bulent Sessacar, who was abusing steroids, cocaine and had a personality disorder, had a history of violence and a police caution for attacking his wife.

Two days before he stabbed her to death he was arrested after pulling her head back by her hair but was released on bail after a community psychiatric nurse found him to be in "good health".

The IPCC recommended three other officers face unsatisfactory performance procedures in relation to his bail.

It said a detective constable had received "management action" for failing to carry out sufficient enquiries on Mr Sessacar's bail address on December 19.

The inspectorate also said a sergeant should face an unsatisfactory performance meeting for failing to complete a bail address check form and for not ensuring checks were done by the investigating officer.

A police inspector was also recommended for disciplinary proceedings and to receive "retraining" for failing to ensure the checks were carried out.

An IPCC spokeswoman said the Met had yet to confirm whether the two officers had faced disciplinary hearings but that it had accepted the recommendation when it was made.

The coroner is considering whether to reopen the inquest into Mrs Sessacar's death. 

Police officers cleared of gross misconduct in relation to death of Rebecca Sessacar, stabbed 58 times by her husband


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