- Oct 1, 2018
- 185d 15h 49m
Daniela Espirito Santo died after an assault by her boyfriend, who had been arrested, then released, by police. Her case is emblematic of Britain’s failure to protect victims of domestic abuse.
Well, that sucks.Daniela Espirito Santo died after waiting on hold for the police to answer her call for help.
It was the seventh time in a year that she had reported her boyfriend to the police, including for death threats and for trying to strangle her. Two of those calls came in the hours before her death. The first was in the morning, after her boyfriend pinned her on the bed and pressed his forearm against her throat.
Yikerinos! That doesn't sound very nice.She told the officers that she had “lost count” of how often Mr. Jesus had assaulted her, often squeezing her neck so tightly that she struggled to breathe. She said that he sometimes slammed her against furniture, that he had once broken her finger, and that she was afraid he might kill her.
Since prisoners in the UK are automatically released halfway through their sentences, he probably only served 5 months.Initially charged with manslaughter, the boyfriend, Julio Jesus, then 30, was eventually sentenced to only 10 months behind bars.
Personality detector needs recalibrating, methinks.