A POLICE officer who failed to properly investigate an assault by a man who went on to randomly murder a Sheffield gap-year student less than a fortnight later, will be given “management advice” by his force.
18-year-old Kieran Crump Raiswell, who had been accepted to study history at Sheffield Hallam University, was stabbed in the chest four times without warning by total stranger Imran Hussain, 27, who approached him in a street in Manchester in broad daylight on January 16 last year.
Hussain was then seen by witnesses to be laughing and sniggering as he ran back to his car and drove to his student flat in Coventry.
His victim died later the same day in hospital.
The attack took place 12 days after the defendant had targeted another stranger in a similar manner - described by a judge as “a trial run” - when he drove to Nottingham and punched a man outside his workplace before he again ran off to his vehicle.
The victim in Nottingham, a probation service worker, made a note of his assailant’s vehicle registration number and spoke to police soon after on January 4 but Hussain remained undetected as he travelled to Manchester.
Sentencing Hussain last July to a minimum of 23 years in jail after he was found guilty of murder, Mr Justice Baker told him: “I’m satisfied that having escaped detection for that attack (in Nottingham) you were emboldened to undertake another one, this time with deadly intent.”
A probe into the response to the Nottingham assault was launched by the police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).
Now the IPCC has said the officer who investigated the incident “did not pursue appropriate lines of inquiry” despite having the vehicle registration number and a description of the assailant.
The officer also failed to properly handle exhibit evidence, keep an adequate record of evidence within his pocket notebook, promptly create a crime report and to keep it and other police records adequately updated with significant details, the watchdog added.
It found the officer had a case to answer for misconduct and said that the allegation was proven against the officer following a meeting held by his police force.
The officer will now receive “management advice”, said the IPCC.
The watchdog said it also made recommendations around several gaps identified in Nottinghamshire Police’s policies and procedures including the use of the violent crime handover policy force-wide; improved performance reviews; and improved communications between intelligence staff, control room staff and operators.
IPCC Commissioner Sarah Green said: “This was a shocking and unprovoked murder of a promising young student. My thoughts are with Kieran’s family and friends at this difficult time.
“We will sadly never know whether a more prompt investigation might have deterred Imran Hussain from going on to commit the grave crime of murder, but it is clear that the officer did not investigate the initial assault quickly and thoroughly enough, despite being provided with clear lines of inquiry.
“There are lessons for Nottinghamshire Police to learn from these events to improve the service they provide in future.”
Mr Crump Raiswell was heading into Manchester city centre to find a job when he was attacked in Upper Chorlton Road in front of stunned witnesses.
Following the jury verdict on Hussein, of Tilehurst Lane, Bracknell, Mr Crump Raiswell’s mother, Christine, 45, said: “It is so completely senseless.
“People have said things like he was in the wrong place at the wrong time, but he wasn’t.
“He was just walking along enjoying himself and somebody has attacked him.
“He did not have a chance to do anything. There was no motive. It was just a random, violent assault.”
Hussain admitted killing Mr Crump Raiswell but claimed it was manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility after saying he was responding to voices in his head.
Detective Chief Inspector Mick Windmill-Jones said “Nottinghamshire Police accepts the IPCC’s recommendations in relation to this case. We will always strive to improve the service we provide to the public.
“Nottinghamshire Police accept that the officer concerned did not conduct a thorough and timely investigation into the assault which occurred in Nottingham. The officer in question faced internal misconduct proceedings which were held in March of this year.
“It was found that the officer did not meet the standards of professional behaviour expected from a police officer. A finding of misconduct was upheld against the officer who received management action.
“Our deepest condolences are with Kieran Crump Raiswell’s family and friends at this time.”