Gemma Hayter report slammed as staff defend handling of case

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AN official report following the murder of Rugby woman Gemma Hayter has been branded ‘ridiculous’ by her sister.

The report on the implementation of the recommendations of the Gemma Hayter Serious Case Review was published this week.

It looks at the progress which has been made following a review into Gemma’s death which was published by the Warwickshire Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board in November 2011.

Gemma’s sister Nikki Satchell Reid said: “It’s ridiculous that they need to be told what to do. Everyone in social care should be fired and they should set up again.”

Gemma, 27, was murdered in August 2010 after she was led to a disused railway line in Hillmorton by a gang who she thought were her friends. She was badly beaten, stabbed, suffocated and stripped naked.

Gemma (pictured above), who lived in Biart Place, was a vulnerable adult and well known to the authorities throughout her life.

The 2011 Serious Case Review concluded Gemma’s murder could not have been predicted or prevented but agencies missed 23 opportunities to intervene to help her. The report made 32 recommendations to improve safeguarding arrangements across Warwickshire. This week’s progress report states that all bar two have been completed or are at an advanced stage of implementation.

The report, which will be discussed at an adult social care and health meeting on Wednesday, concludes: “There is now a more coherent and co-ordinated set of arrangements which are better able to afford a ‘safety net’ to vulnerable people.”

Nikki said: “That is what a report would show but whether they actually do it or not is another matter. There were so many missed opportunities and these people are put in place to notice them. How they missed all the opportunities I will never understand. They should clearly know what they are doing and shouldn’t have to be told how to do their jobs.”

In September 2011, Joe Boyer, Chantelle Booth and Daniel Newstead were given life sentences for Gemma’s murder. Jessica Lynas and Duncan Edwards received 13 and 15-year terms respectively, having been convicted of manslaughter.

Wendy Fabbro, chair of Warwickshire Adult Safeguarding Board, said: “Gemma’s murder was a deeply callous act, committed by those she believed to be her friends who were rightly found guilty of their crimes.

“The Serious Case Review found that sadly Gemma’s murder could not have been prevented but that lessons could be learned for future partnership working. The agencies have taken on board those lessons and, of the 32 recommendations made in the report, 30 of them have been completed or are at a very advanced stage of implementation.

“Since the implementation of these recommendations we have had feedback from customers that these changes have had a positive impact. We will continue to monitor this progress.”