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Byline: NICK McCARTHY Crime Correspondent

THE police watchdog is investigating how the West Midlands force responded to 19 incidents concerning a tragic mother-of-four and the killer later convicted of her murder.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is looking into a string of offences allegedly committed by Marcus Musgrove on Jacqueline Oakes, 51, before he finally battered her to death in January last year.

It said Musgrove was accused of attacking and stealing from Miss Oakes, among other crimes, over a ninemonth period from April 2013.

IPCC Commissioner Derrick Campbell said: "Our investigation is looking into how police handled the incidents and whether they identified and managed correctly risks to Jacqueline Oakes as a vulnerable woman."

Musgrove was jailed for life, and ordered to serve at least 18 years, after he was unanimously convicted of murder at Birmingham Crown Court last July.

His trial heard he befriended the victim in April 2013 but quickly grew violent and controlling.

Miss Oakes made a number of complaints to police but later withdrew them. Musgrove killed her at her flat in Dollery Drive, Edgbaston, after he was arrested over an earlier attack on her.

He callously spent the night at the address because he had missed his last bus home.

The 40-year-old, of Lichfield Road, Aston, showed no remorse during his two-week trial.

He tried to blame Miss Oakes by claiming she had been violent towards him.

Passing sentence, Mr Justice Timothy King told him: "This was a dreadful murder. Jacqueline Oakes was a beloved mother of four and was capable of showing great kindness, including to Mr Musgrove himself.

"There is a lack of evidence of any true remorse.

"He repeatedly put the blame on Jacqueline Oakes."

The IPCC's independent investigation is running alongside a domestic homicide review examining Miss Oakes' contact with various agencies.


Vulnerable Jacqueline Oakes |

Marcus Musgrove was jailed for life for murder |

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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Jun 7, 2015
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