Police In The UK Under Investigation Over Woman Murdered After Rape Claim


Two detectives are being investigated by the police watchdog after a woman was murdered by her ex-partner two days after he was released without charge following claims he had repeatedly raped her.

Miklos Verebes, 29, was arrested and interviewed on 13 September last year over the allegations made by fellow Hungarian national Melinda Korosi.

He was questioned immediately on his release from prison on licence for a previous assault on mother-of-two Korosi several months before but was ultimately released without charge.

Two days later, Verebes broke into 33-year-old Korosi’s home in Carlisle, and battered her to death with a sharpened rock.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said on Thursday that two Cumbria police officers are being investigated for misconduct over their actions prior to the murder.

A spokeswoman said: “Based on the evidence collected so far the IPCC investigator has decided there is an indication of misconduct by a detective constable and a detective sergeant at the force. Both officers have been notified.

“All other officers involved in this case are being treated as witnesses at this time.”

The IPCC said it is looking at the contact between Korosi and Cumbria police, including any measures to safeguard her welfare and the actions taken following the reports of rape and assault.

Verebes was jailed for life in March and ordered to serve a minimum of 28 years after a jury at Carlisle crown court unanimously found him guilty of murder and three counts of rape between 2013 and 2016.

Jurors watched a video of a police interview with Korosi six days before her death in which she outlined regular sexual, physical and emotional abuse by Verebes.

Korosi, a qualifed English language teacher, had already been classed as at high risk of harm following an assesment by an independent domestic violence adviser, the court heard.

Following Verebes’s convictions, Korosi’s mother, Marta Hegyi Csiscman, said she “always loved her with my whole heart” and that her daughter liked to make friends and travel.

She added: “It is very difficult to accept that she is no more, I can never embrace her again and I cannot help her achieve her goals.

“There are many questions and I don’t know if there will ever be answers to them, I only know that my big daughter of whom I was always proud did not deserve this and she will never be able to tell me what had happened and why.

“She can never make her dreams come true and cannot raise her children and I can never help her in anything anymore.”

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