Leighann Wightman murder: Alarm 'might have saved her'

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Media captionJudy Wightman says her daughter might have lived if police had given her a panic alarm.

A Nottingham woman who was killed by her partner might have survived if police had supplied her with a personal alarm, her family claims.

Leighann Wightman's mother Judy has lodged a complaint against Nottinghamshire Police over the way they dealt with her daughter's case.

Ms Wightman, 24, was killed in October last year by Andrew Kemp, who has been jailed for her murder.

Police said the case is under review, but did not comment on the complaint.

Kemp, 48, of Vale Road, Colwick in Nottingham, who had a history of violence, was jailed for 22 years for murder in June 2012.

Mrs Wightman said her daughter went to a police station several weeks before Kemp was released from prison, where he was serving an earlier sentence for assaulting her.

'Badly' treated

"She requested a panic alarm for the house knowing that in two weeks' time Kemp was being released," Mrs Wightman said.

Nottinghamshire Police have confirmed they provide two types of personal alarms to vulnerable people - one is installed in the home and alerts the police of the address and the other is a portable alarm.

However, Mrs Wightman said police told her daughter they no longer provided alarms and she would have to contact social services.

Despite then going to social services, her mother said Leighann was actually it was the police's responsibility for providing the alarms.

Image caption Ms Wightman's family said she had asked for a personal alarm

At his murder trial at Nottingham Crown Court, the jury was told Kemp was given a restraining order after assaulting Ms Wightman months before her death.

However, the couple ignored the order and remained in regular contact.

Kemp then killed Leighann by repeatedly knifing her at her home in Norman Street in Netherfield on 15 October 2011.

Mrs Wightman said she has also complained to police about the lack of information about the attack on her daughter on the day she died.

She said she was not informed of her daughter's death until three and half hours after she died.

"I was treated very badly by Nottinghamshire police and … it has affected my health. We need more answers but we are not getting them," she said.

Nottinghamshire Police said in a statement: "As the force is currently awaiting the publication of a domestic homicide review which will look at all the events leading up to Leighann's death and following the discovery of her body, Ms Wightman has been made aware that some of the issues she has raised are being looked at but cannot yet be responded to.

"The domestic homicide review will assess if there is anything the force and other agencies could learn from and if necessary will make recommendations for changes to systems and processes. "

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