A CORONER has formally published his concerns that came to light following the inquest into the death of a mum who was murdered at the barbers where she worked.

A hearing into the death of Katrina O’Hara, 44, took place last month, with a jury reaching a conclusion that she was unlawfully killed.

Stuart Thomas was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 26 years for killing Ms O’Hara at Jocks Barbers in Blandford Forum on January 7, 2016.

As reported, assistant coroner for Dorset Brendan Allen said on the final day of the inquest at Bournemouth Town Hall that he would be issuing a preventing future deaths report to minister for policing Kit Malthouse MP, the National Police Chiefs’ Council and the College of Policing.

Mr Allen’s report, which was published last week, says he believes future deaths could occur if his concerns go unaddressed.

They involve the following areas:

  • The handling of non-emergency calls made on 999
  • Recognition that suicide risk of a perpetrator as a significant and high-risk factor to a victim
  • The supply of replacement mobile phones to alleged domestic abuse victims when their phones are seized by police as part of the investigation
  • Police training for a widely used reporting system called Niche

Mr Allen’s report said that he is aware Dorset Police had made changes since Ms O’Hara’s death but he was concerned these measures had not been taken on board by forces nationwide.

Mr Malthouse, the National Police Chiefs’ Council and the College of Policing have until April 28 to respond to the report. They must detail what action has been taken, what is proposed, or explain why no action is proposed.

Speaking after the inquest, Ms O’Hara’s daughter Morgan said the family wanted to focus on how they could prevent “such an awful tragedy from happening to other families”.

Morgan said: “We want our mum’s death to stand for positive change.”