Ex-Soldier jailed for executing wife and mother-in-law

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Questions are being asked about how a man with a history of aggressive behaviour towards his ex-wife, was able to shoot her in cold blood in her home in St Leonards.

At the end of a two-week trial, the jury found former soldier, Craig Savage, guilty of the double murder of Michelle Savage and her mother Heather Whitbread.

The judge told Savage: "he may never be released".

Michelle Savage has been reported stating to the police: "I believe he will hurt me in any way he can, mentally or physically. I believe he wanted to either kill or hurt me, I genuinely don't know which."

She also told her boss she feared Savage would bring a "knife or pepper spray" with him the next time he visited and she was "scared of him".

The victim

With all this information on Craig Savage, was it possible for the Sussex police to intervene before the murders took place? 

The Independent Office for Police Conduct is investigating Sussex Police's handling of the case. 

With the imprisonment of Savage, an official investigation has been launch by the Independent Office for Police Conduct after records of contact between the Savages and Sussex Police were found.

IOPC Regional Director Sarah Green, said: "As has been widely reported, Sussex Police is separately conducting a murder investigations a man has been charged with murder and remanded in custody. Therefore it would be inappropriate for us to make any further comment at this time." 

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