man died after police call handler told killer 'up to you'
police call handler who told a killer who was threatening to take
the law into his own hands that it was "entirely up to you"
has been sacked, it has emerged this week.
Hancock spoke to Susan Akerman minutes before he stabbed 24-year-old
Burnham-On-Sea man Robert Cox (pictured right) to death at
a hostel in Bristol in 2013.
police worker told Mr Cox's inquest that Hancock had given no indication
that he would go on to do what he did.
pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility
as "deluded and psychotic" in court, Hancock had repeatedly
made false allegations that Mr Cox and other residents at supported
accommodation at Egerton Road had made sexual advances towards him.
Mr Cox's inquest, a jury unanimously returned an unlawful killing
verdict, citing issues over delays in diagnosing Hancock's mental
health issues and interactions with police as contributing factors.
the night of Mr Cox's death, Hancock called Avon and Somerset Police
three times complaining about him.
the third, three-minute conversation, he told handler Susan Akerman
that the "law is not doing anything" and he threatened
to "take the law into my own hands".
response, Ms Akerman told him police would deal with it, but later
that's entirely up to you Derek". Minutes
later, Hancock fatally stabbed Mr Cox.
BBC reported this week that the police watchdog, the IPPC, concluded
Ms Akerman could have a case to answer over her "advice"
to Hancock, but that her actions did not contribute to Mr Cox's
also concluded she may have given them false and misleading information
in the subsequent investigation, which she denied.
and Somerset Police said Ms Akerman was "dismissed following
an internal disciplinary hearing" in 2014.
Mr Cox's inquest, Ms Akerman said she did not know Hancock had mental
health issues and had no relevant training.
also said she dealt with three or four similar calls a day from
members of the public using similar language to Hancock.
for the force said: "This matter has been the subject of a
Serious Case Review, an Independent Police Complaints Commission
investigation and Coronial proceedings which we've fully participated
committed to ensuring relevant lessons are captured and implemented.
In December 2014, Hancock was sentenced to life imprisonment and
was ordered to serve a minimum tariff of four years and nine months
in accordance with the mental health act."