Police failed to protect a young mother from her 'knife happy' partner who fatally stabbed her 16 times after tying her up, an inquest has found.
A coronial inquest into the shocking killing of Gabriella Thompson, 27, in March 2019, recommended that police should carry out welfare checks for suspected victims of domestic violence in person - rather than just by phone.
Tafari Walton, 22, her jealous partner who was high on cocaine and ice at the time of the brutal murder was fatally shot by police after a 24-hour manhunt in the Lake Macquarie area of NSW.
A coronial inquest into the shocking killing of Gabriella Thompson, 27, (pictured) in March 2019, recommended that police should carry out welfare checks for suspected victims of domestic violence in person - rather than just by phone.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
The inquest heard Walton called a number of Ms Thompson's friends the night before, leading one to call police about her concern Ms Thompson would be harmed.
That friend, Emma Russell, recalled telling police, she was afraid Walton would stab and potentially kill her friend.
She claimed she told Senior Constable Callum Parsons, the sole officer on duty in Belmont that night, how Walton had previously belted Ms Thompson with brass knuckledusters, put a knife to her throat and was 'very knife happy'.
Sen Const Parsons disputed the mention of concern for homicide, saying he would have included it in his admittedly brief 'concern for welfare' note.
Despite more information being added later, the senior constable who eventually spoke to Ms Thompson didn't know there was a concern of suspected domestic violence.
Thus, he conducted the welfare check over the phone, satisfied by her 'chirpy' responses and denial of a need for police assistance.
Tafari Walton, 22, (pictured) her jealous partner who was high on