POLICE say they have learned lessons from the brutal killing of a mother by her husband as she was about to drive to a women’s refuge.
Cassandra Hasanovic, 24, was stabbed to death in front of her children in Normanton Road, Bognor, on July 29, 2008.
Her husband Hajrudin was convicted of her murder in 2009.
Sussex Police were criticised at an inquest into Mrs Hasanovic’s death where it was found they could have done more to prevent the killing.
Speaking after the inquest Detective Chief Inspector Pierre Serra described the murder as a watershed moment.
‘We have already learnt a number of important lessons from it in terms of how we deal with cases of domestic abuse,’ he said. ‘The protection of life is our highest priority and we will do all we can to prevent such crimes as these from happening.
‘We are determined to do everything we can to bring justice for all victims of domestic abuse.’
Since a major review was completed and new procedures implemented, reporting of domestic abuse cases has increased by more than 20 per cent to 63 a day in 2012/13.