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Mum murdered by ex-boyfriend let down by Domestic Abuse Bill

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Celia Peachey fears others will suffer the same fate as her mum Maria Stubbings unless all amendments – including disclosure of prior offences – are kept within the Bill. Maria, 50, was strangled with a dog lead by Marc Chivers who then dumped her body under a pile of coats in the downstairs toilet of her Essex home in December 2008. The killer kept her hidden from her son Bengi, then just 15, while he raided her bank account.

Maria’s daughter Celia, 41, said: “There needs to be an overhaul of the whole system. It needs to be more comprehensive in managing serial perpetrators.

“There needs to be a cross-Government perpetrator strategy and a disclosure scheme.

“In 2008, they took the word of a convicted killer on my mother’s doorstep after she was assaulted.

“He was a calculated killer but she did not know that he had been done for domestic murder.

“My mum would be alive if the system had been effective in serving and protecting the people it’s meant to. I am lucky my brother is alive as he was in the house when my mother was killed.

“The victims are falling prey as the system is essentially flawed.

“Bringing together authorities – health, probation, prisons, police and housing – feeds into developing a perpetrator strategy and amplifying and investing into a good system in tackling perpetrators. Prevention is the cure.”

Chivers, of Rochford, Essex, was given a life sentence for killing Maria. A series of failings allowed him to be deported to Britain from Germany after he was jailed in 1993 for killing a girlfriend there.

He returned to the UK after his release in January 2008. Chivers was remanded in custody for seriously assaulting Maria in July 2008. She only found out about his murder conviction after he was charged with assault.

Chivers was handed a four-month jail sentence but released after spending time on remand. Within months he had murdered Maria.

A complaint to the Independent Police Complaints Commission was upheld over Essex Police missing “a large number of opportunities to proactively safeguard Ms Stubbings and her son”. Celia believes if her mother had not been Chivers’ victim it would have been someone else.

She said: “I saw a different side to him. I told her: ‘This man is dangerous – you need to get rid of him’.

“When he realised I didn’t like him that was the last time I spoke to my mother properly.

“He should never have been allowed out of prison.

“If it had not been my mother it could have been anyone. She was a shadow of her former self, she was being controlled and couldn’t say anything.”

The Daily Express End This Injustice campaign is fighting for better protection for domestic abuse victims, including multi-agency protection to cover offenders.

It was an amendment supported by the House of Lords to unify police, probation and prisons in a move to protect the public, including previous victims of crime, from sexual and violent offenders.

The crusade has won a Government pledge to overhaul the Family Court to protect victims.

Ministers also backed the campaign for non-fatal strangulation, post-separation abuse and threats to share intimate images to become standalone offences.

The Bill has its Third Reading in the House of Lords today.



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