‘I hope no other family endures this suffering’ says mother of murdered Stevenage teenager

Amelia Arnold

Amelia Arnold - Credit: Archant

The mother of murdered teenager Amelia Arnold has criticised county authorities for missing “vital signs of abuse” after a review into her daughter’s death was published last week.

Jack Wall is charged with murdering Amelia Arnold from Hadrian's Walk

Jack Wall is charged with murdering Amelia Arnold from Hadrian's Walk - Credit: Archant

Yesterday Amanda Joy told the Comet she hoped no other family would have to endure what she had been through.

A Domestic Homicide Review, commissioned by Stevenage Borough Council, was published on Thursday into the death of the 19-year-old.

It found that five agencies who were working with Miss Arnold at the time of her death were not communication with each other and that at least one of them should have organised an inter-agency meeting.

Mrs Joy said: “This is happening time and time again, the vulnerable people are not protected enough, and it feels like the ones that do wrong get a life time of protection.

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“It is clear from the report that authorities have missed vital signs of abuse.

“If lessons are to be learned there must be better interlinking communications between authorities.

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“Nothing will bring Amelia back and the pain is as fresh now as it was two years ago. I hope no other family has to endure this suffering.

“I am disappointed at the release of the review as it is around the two year anniversary of her death, which is on Saturday.”

When she died on November 8, 2012, Miss Arnold was in contact with Herts police, Herts Children’s Services, Stevenage Borough Council, Enhanced Primary Mental Health Services and Herts Woman’s Centre.

Ms Arnold was described as “vulnerable” by the report because “she had a number of problems including potential homelessness, teenage pregnancy, being a new young mum, physical and mental health problems and what she described as a lack of family support.”

She was murdered by her boyfriend Jack Wall, 22, in front of her baby daughter. He struck her repeatedly with a dumbbell.

Wall, of Hadrian’s Walk, in Stevenage, is now serving 19 years in prison for the crime.

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