Five police officers face probe over complaints from girl, 17, who was harassed then killed

Five police officers face a probe into how they dealt with a series of complaints from a 17-year-old girl who said she was being harassed by her ‘county lines’ drug dealer boyfriend who went on to kill her.

Katerina Makunova was killed by Oluwaseyi Dada, 21, in Camberwell, south London, on July 12, 2018 – a day after she told her family she was ending the abusive relationship.

Previously, the trainee hairdresser and her family had called police five times between February and June to accuse Dada, who she met on Instagram, of assault and harassment.

Katrina Makunova

Katrina Makunova

Oluwaseyi Dada

Oluwaseyi Dada

Katrina Makunova, 17, (left) was killed by her boyfriend Oluwaseyi Dada, 21, (right) in Camberwell, London on July 12, 2018. Both images are undated 

The Independent Office for Police Conduct is examining the performance of two Metropolitan Police sergeants and three constables after the victim’s family criticised the way they had handed their complaints, reported The Times.

Ms Makunova died after an altercation in the foyer of Dada’s block of flats in Camberwell. Police believe this ended with her falling on her handbag which contained a knife that fatally pierced her chest.

Dada, from Streatham, admitted manslaughter, but Ms Makunova’s family believe he should have been charged with murder due to his controlling and brutal behaviour.

Brett Weaver, prosecuting, said there was a ‘background of animosity’ in the relationship and the couple had ‘made threats and insulted each other via social media’.

Her older brother, Julius, 21, said Dada regularly threatened Katerina with violence if she went to police.

One time, Julius said he contacted police after Dada threatened to kill his girlfriend because he suspected she had been talking to other boys.

‘She told me in [Romanian] not to saying anything because he had a machete in his trousers,’ he recalled.

Julius said Dada was a psychopath whose controlling behaviour regularly led to violence, including when he threw his girlfriend out of his flat naked and forced her to get a taxi home.

He also said his sister had sent a message the day before he died saying she ‘did not love’ Dada but he was ‘very possessive’. 

Later, Dada told her: ‘Don’t f***ing play that game before I stab you’.

This was followed by even more threatening messages, and 30 minutes before she arrived at his flat to pick up a mobile phone he sent a note saying, ‘Let the party begin’.

Police and paramedics found Dada attempting CPR on Ms Makunova at the scene, pictured in July last year 

Police and paramedics found Dada attempting CPR on Ms Makunova at the scene, pictured in July last year 

Police and paramedics found Dada attempting CPR on Ms Makunova at the scene, pictured in July last year 

Ms Makunova, believed to be the 82nd victim of the epidemic of knife crime in London last year, had been working at Aroma Hair and Beauty in Farnborough, Hampshire, and aspired to become a beautician.

Speaking soon after her death, Julius paid tribute to the tragic teenager, describing her as a ‘hardworking, confident and joyful girl’.

He added: ‘She could walk into the room and put a smile on everyone’s face.’

Detective Inspector Domenica Catino of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: ‘A young woman has lost her life and my thoughts are with her family and friends, who have been devastated by Katrina’s death.

‘This is another young person who has been killed as a result of a knife and we need our communities to work with the police to end this scourge.’

Dada will return for sentence on January 29.

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