More Evidence of Incompetence, Failure, and Cover-up?

C4 News reporting on the disturbing case of Poppi, whose life was tragically cut short at only 13 months, and the crass incompetence and cover-up that followed. An appalling comment on our society, Cumbria police, and Cumbria council.

(I can’t explain the reason for the two interruptions during Tim Loughton’s interview. Maybe it was a technical problem, or maybe the C4 legal team took issue with something that Tim Loughton said in the live broadcast).

Poppi collapsed with serious injuries at her home in Barrow, Cumbria, in December 2012 and was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Cumbria Police conducted no “real” investigation for nine months, Mr Justice Jackson found, as senior detectives thought a pathologist “may have jumped to conclusions” in her belief the child had been a victim of abuse.
The toddler was buried in February 2013, precluding a further post-mortem examination, after her body was released by the local coroner.
There is now said to be an “absence of evidence” to find out how Poppi died, or definitively prove if or how she was injured.

BBC News

There are some important legal distinctions involved in this tragic case.
Mr Justice Peter Jackson made his finding that Paul Worthington assaulted his daughter on the civil standard of proof. That standard is “the balance of probabilities”, in other words that it is more likely than not Paul Worthington carried out the assault. A finding in a civil court to this standard falls far short of a finding of guilt in a criminal case and should never be confused with it.
The Crown Prosecution will charge a suspect with a crime and bring a case to court if there is a “realistic prospect” of a criminal conviction. That is similar to a “balance of probabilities” test in that it also means the CPS regard the evidence as making it “more likely than not” there will be a conviction.
So, based on Mr Justice Jackson’s finding, why should a criminal case not be brought? There is further important and subtle distinction. The CPS must consider whether there is a realistic prospect of a jury convicting on the higher criminal standard of proof, i.e. beyond a reasonable doubt or satisfied so that they are sure.
Applying that test to the evidence, the CPS decided there was not a realistic prospect of a conviction. Following the Family Court proceedings there will be a second inquest into Poppi’s death. If new evidence comes to light, the CPS will reconsider its decision.

BBC News


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7 responses to “More Evidence of Incompetence, Failure, and Cover-up?

  1. Here’s the C4 report without the omissions.

  2. chrisb

    The cover-up continues:

    Look for police investigations into historic child sex abuse to be scaled back.

  3. Roger Gough

    I had read about this case before the current furore and I think I remember that the child’s “serious injuries” (as mentioned above) consisted of ‘internal injuries’. This is only marginally about the father; this is mainly about the screaming incompetence of our public services, particularly the Police, and I speak as a one who served for 30 years.

    • Absolutely Agree. And also when are our ” public servants ” , together with their enhanced salaries, relative conditions, service contracts and enhanced pensions, going to be held to account or lose their taxpayer financed benefits if they fail to meet a reasonable level of competence?

    • chrisb

      I doubt that Cumbrain police’s murder unit was overrun with cases.

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  5. This NEEDS to be taken to criminal court . If not then another innocent man has been destroyed by innuendo and an irresponsible judiciary OR a monster is at large. In the UK we need to halt this “guilty until proven innocent ” situation for males only.