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A convicted killer who had already murdered one girlfriend was left free to kill a second following a catalogue of police and probation service blunders, a jury has ruled.
Paul O'Hara, 48, was on life licence after serving 15 years for killing a former partner when he met businesswoman Cherylee Shennan.
Relationship - Weeks - O'Hara - Traits - Prison
They began a relationship but within weeks manipulative O'Hara, who had been diagnosed with psychopathic traits in prison, began controlling and beating the 40-year-old mother of one.
Over the following months police missed several chances to stop the 'high-risk violent predator'.
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When unprepared and unarmed officers did finally go to Miss Shennan's home, O'Hara attacked them before stabbing his girlfriend to death.
At the conclusion of a four-week inquest in Preston last week, a jury ruled that the failure to recall O'Hara to jail contributed to Miss Shennan's death in March 2014.
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Last night Betty Roberts, Miss Shennan's mother, said her daughter would be alive today if the police and probation services had done their jobs properly.
'Probation and police had all the information they needed to stop this, but they let it happen,' she said.
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'We as a family have to live with that knowledge, and without Cherylee, for the rest of our lives.'
O'Hara had served 15 years for stabbing 21-year-old ex-girlfriend Janine Waterworth to death in 1998 after she dumped him.
Licence - April - Months - Miss - Shennan
He was released on licence in April 2012. About 15 months later, in 2013, he met Miss Shennan, a former beautician, at the second-hand shop she ran.
Miss Shennan – described as vivacious and bubbly – was vulnerable at that time and was being treated for depression having separated from her long-term partner and father of her 12-year-old daughter earlier that year.
Months - Relationship - Miss - Shennan - Sister
Six months into their relationship Miss Shennan confided in her sister, Ellen, that she was being domestically abused and was terrified of O'Hara,...
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