Emma Baum murder: police face misconduct inquiry

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Three police officers are to face a misconduct inquiry into their contact with a murdered mother-of-one from Penygroes.

Emma Baum was struck multiple times with a crowbar by her ex-boyfriend, David Davies, at her home in July last year. Davies was jailed for at least 22 years for her murder.

But North Wales Police referred itself to the Independent Police Complaints Commission after it emerged that officers had been called out hours before Ms Baum’s body was found.

An investigation by the IPCC also looked into contact with Ms Baum on three previous occasions before her death.

It found that two officers had cases to answer for allegedly failing to respond appropriately to concerns raised by her mother, Amanda Williams, on 17th July 2016 – the day before Ms Baum was found dead.

A third officer stands accused of allegedly failing to comply with North Wales Police’s own guidance on domestic violence. The officers have been summoned to meetings later this month.

The IPCC said it expected to publish more information about its investigation once the meetings had taken place.

The Gwynedd and Anglesey Community Safety Partnership has also carried out a domestic homicide review into Ms Baum’s murder.

David Davies (26) from Clynnog had admitted killing her in a row over access to his child – but he disagreed with the full prosecution’s case, leading to a three day trial-of-issue at Mold Crown Court. The judge dismissed Davies’ claim that he did not know she had been killed after carrying out the attack.

Ms Baum’s family have asked that their privacy continues to be respected.