Sussex Constable at Misconduct Hearing

10 May 2019, 12:37 | Updated: 10 May 2019, 12:38

Killed at 19

A former Sussex police constable accused of ignoring a 19-year-old woman who repeatedly reported her stalker to police before she was murdered is to face a public disciplinary hearing.

Shana Grice reported her ex-boyfriend Michael Lane to Sussex Police officers five times in six months but was fined for wasting police time.

On August 25 2016, Lane slit her throat before trying to burn her body. He was jailed in 2017 for a minimum of 25 years.

PC Mills - who resigned from the force last week - faces two discreditable conduct allegations in proceedings at force headquarters in Lewes.

The force said the officer - so far known only by his rank and surname in a bid by lawyers to protect his privacy - failed to "adequately investigate allegations of harassment and stalking" just over a month before Ms Grice was killed on July 9 2016.

PC Mills is also accused of failing to respond to reports made by Ms Grice days later on July 12.

Just two of 14 officers investigated by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) over Ms Grice's death are to be made the subject of publicly held disciplinary proceedings. Both left the force before the hearings were due to take place.

PC Trevor Godfrey, who retired from duty in December 2017, was due to face allegations of discreditable conduct earlier in the week but the hearing was postponed until further notice, the force said.

Next week a misconduct meeting for another police officer will be carried out in private.

Three more officers and three staff have already been handed "management advice and further training" while no further action will be taken over the other five officers investigated.

Her parents Sharon Grice and Richard Green, who are considering legal action against the force, said their daughter was treated "like a criminal" rather than being protected and she "paid for the police's lack of training, care and poor attitude with her life".