A report out today says more should have been done to manage a violent sex offender who murdered a fourteen year old Polish girl in her own home in Leeds.
Zuzanna Zommer was raped and killed by serial offender Michael Clark in October 2007 after he moved in two doors away from her family in Harehills.
Less than a year earlier he’d been released from a three year sentence for seriously hurting a woman.
A report by the Leeds Safeguarding Children Board says Zuzanna’s death may have been prevented had various agencies “worked more effectively”. Agencies in Leeds only became aware of his move from Scunthorpe to Leeds the day before his release from prison.
The report speaks of “ineffective communication” between Humberside and West Yorkshire Police
During his eleventh month stay in Leeds police who were monitoring Clark because he was on the sex offenders register weren’t told he’d twice been arrested for other matters in that time.
At a news conference detective Chief Superintendent Richard Jackson said that information should have been passed on and described them as “missed opportunities.” He said procedures had now been put in place to ensure that can’t happen again.
Assistant Chief Constable Alan Leaver of Humberside Police said he didn’t think his force’s failure to follow up their initial contact with West Yorkshire Police was a contributory factor in Zuzanna’s death.
The authors of todays report are now calling on the Home Secretary to review current controls on violent sex offenders like Michael Clark