Sister of murdered Stevenage teenager Amelia Arnold plans walk in her memory
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The sister of a teenager murdered by her abusive boyfriend in Stevenage is raising money for a domestic violence charity in memory of her sibling.
Amelia Arnold was beaten to death with a dumbbell bar by her boyfriend Jack Wall in November 2012, as their young daughter watched on.
Wall was found guilty of murdering the 19-year-old at their Hadrian’s Walk home and burying her body in a shallow grave in Hatfield, and is currently serving 19 years for the crime.
Amelia’s sister, Olivia Perrin, is raising money for domestic violence charity Refuge in a bid to help others in abusive relationships, and is organising a 10-mile walk in her memory.
She said: “My sister was taken from me – and many others – so suddenly, and this has had a huge impact on our lives.
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“If there is any chance of helping someone suffering from domestic abuse, I am going to help them any way possible.
“So much more could have, and should have, been done for my sister. I would hate it to happen to anyone else.”
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A Domestic Homicide Review into Amelia’s death was carried out by an independent panel on behalf of the Stevenage Community Safety Partnership, finding ‘little evidence of integrated working’ between the five agencies involved.
It was concluded at least one of the agencies – which included Herts police and Stevenage Borough Council – should have recognised the ‘necessity’ of setting up an inter-agency meeting to discuss the risks.
Olivia, who is now 19, is planning to do the sponsored walk with her boyfriend, Ben Nicholas, on September 1.
She said: “I would like to stop somebody else going through this. It’s broken my whole family.”
About her relationship with her sister, she added: “Amelia confided in me quite a lot, but I was only 14 so it didn’t mean a lot to me.
“I went round there every day, but I didn’t go round the day she was killed because I was doing a paper round.
“Now I’m old enough to do something to help make a difference and I just want to raise as much money and awareness as I can.”
To sponsor Olivia, visit www.gofundme.com/supporting-samm.
Anyone in immediate danger of domestic abuse should call 999. Those affected or concerned by domestic abuse can also call the Hertfordshire Domestic Abuse Helpline on 08 088 088 088, Monday to Friday from 10am to 10pm.