Linda Vilika, 41, died after an Essex police officer “failed to undertake any adequate investigation” into her reports.
On 11 August 2019 Linda Vilika has called police and reported her husband had made threats on WhatsApp and recorded her in her home, and she felt at risk. She was allegedly planning to leave her husband. PC Finley Clark with another colleague responded the call.
Eight days later Ms Vilika was found dead. Her husband, Wilfred Jacob, was convicted of her murder in January 2020 and sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 18 years. The Court heard he was “jealous and controlling” and killed his wife by stabbing her in the back.
In March 2021 PC Finley Clark was given a written warning as she “failed to undertake any adequate investigation” into Vilika’s reports.
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“PC Finley Clark’s actions fell below the standards we expect of all of our officers and staff,” Deputy Chief Constable Pippa Mills said.
“This was an isolated incident which we referred to the IOPC immediately after we became aware of the issue,” Deputy Chief Constable Pippa Mills said.
The FBI initiative group requested clarifications on the current case from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Justice Minister and Lord Chancellor Robert Buckland, and British Home Secretary Priti Sushil Patel. The initiative group considers it necessary to combat police misconduct and, if necessary, can provide legal and informational assistance to the family of the victim.