Murdered pensioner "ignored" by police before his death

31 October 2018, 16:40 | Updated: 31 October 2018, 19:17

Jordan Davidson from Wrexham

The police watchdog has found a pensioner from Wrexham was told by police to carry out his own inquiries days before he was murdered.

Nicholas Churton had contacted police two weeks before Jordan Davidson murdered him to tell officers the 26-year old had threatene dhim and attempted to steal his TV.

Days later the vulnerable pensioner was murdered in a brutal machete and hammer attack at his home in Chirk.

Davidson was sentenced to life imprisonment and is currently serving at least 30 years in prison.

But the Independent Office for Police Conduct has been investigating the contact police had with the victim in the days leading up to his death.

The watchdog has identified two officers have cases to answer for misconduct as the previous incident had been wrongly recorded as theft rather than a robbery.

The incident log was reviewed by three further supervisors who failed to identify the circumstances amounted to a robbery and not a theft, and that Mr Churton was a vulnerable person.

The watchdog is also carrying out a second investigation in to contact officers had with Davidson following his release from prison in 2016.

IOPC Director for Wales Catrin Evans said: "This was a horrific murder and the responsibility for Mr Churton's death lies squarely with Jordan Davidson. 

"My thoughts remain with Mr Churton's family and friends.

"Our first investigation found there were areas for improvement in police recognising Mr Churton's vulnerability and ensuring all available information was recorded accurately. 

"Police requesting a vulnerable victim of crime carry out a line of inquiry themselves to find out who the offender was, has in my view, the potential to increase the risk to the victim.

"I am discussing the learning identified during the course of this investigation with North Wales Police."

North Wales Police has agreed that a police officer and police sergeant have cases to answer for misconduct.

The force has agreed to review its policies and procedures.