Officers investigated over assault and harassment reports before woman’s death

Five Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) officers are being investigated over their handling of interactions with a woman who was killed by her ex-partner. 

Jan 11, 2019
By Neil Root

Katrina Makunova had made five allegations of assault and harassment against Oluwaseyi Dada between February and June 2018.  

She died on July 12 after suffering a stab wound to the chest during a row. 

Dada had been due to stand trial but pleaded guilty to her manslaughter at Southwark Crown Court on Wednesday (January 9). 

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) launched an investigation on July 17 last year after a referral from the MPS. 

The five MPS officers “involved in the investigation and supervision of [Ms Makunova’s] allegations have been notified their conduct is under investigation”. 

An IOPC spokesperson said: “Our thoughts are with the family and friends and all those involved who were affected following the death of Katrina.
“While criminal proceedings were still active, we felt it was inappropriate to announce our investigation, which has been underway since July 2018. 

“We have identified five officers whose conduct is now under investigation and they have provided responses to the allegations. Other officers and members of the public have also provided witness accounts. 

“We would like to stress the investigation is ongoing, and the fact an officer’s conduct is under investigation does not mean misconduct has been proven.” 

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