IOPC apology to family after decision letter sent to wrong address

Kishni Mahay

source: Express & Star
published: 23 November 2021

The Independent Office of Police Conduct (IOPC) has apologised to the son of a woman struck and killed by a police car after a decision letter was sent to the wrong address – resulting in him missing a key deadline.

In a statement the watchdog said it had “apologised sincerely” to the family for the mistake, while a meeting is due to be held with senior officials and the family this month.

Mrs Mahay died after she was struck, in Cannock Road in Wolverhampton in 1989.

An investigation by police into the death of the 64-year-old concluded that she ran out into the road and her death was ruled as accidental.

Her son Raj is behind a long-running campaign for a fresh inquiry to be carried out and three years ago launched an online petition calling for an independent review.

West Midlands Police then lodged a request to the IOPC for the complaint to be “disapplied” meaning it was no longer valid. This was granted by the IOPC which then wrote to inform Mr Mahay of its decision in 2019, but the letter was incorrectly addressed and as a result delivered to the wrong property.

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