Carl Eve of the Plymouth Herald discusses the latest developments in this sad case:-
TV documentary offers Tanis mum fresh hope in fight for justice
Tanis Bhandari's mother says telling her story during last night's TV documentary has given her fresh focus in her fight for justice. Andrea Sharpe says appearing on the programme - broadcast on Welsh language channel S4C - allowed her to swap experiences and knowledge with Nadine Marshall, mother of South Wales man Conner Marshall, whose case bears a lot of similarities to Tanis'.
She said the experience of being on-camera and talking of Tanis's killing was "quite difficult", but she added that Nadine was "so lovely and helpful and made me feel at ease." Andrea said speaking to Nadine about her own experiences in getting information about her son's death and his killer has spurred her on to keep fighting for justice. And she says that will stand her in good stead when she meets with the Justice Minister and Lord Chancellor next week to discuss the monitoring of offenders like the one who killed her son.
She said: "It really felt like we were achieving something and being more aware of what she are entitled to and should fight for." Andrea said she will be meeting with Elizabeth Truss MP – the Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor – next Monday in London. The meeting, organised by Plymouth MP Johnny Mercer, will allow Andrea chance to express her feelings about the case and how the families of victims feel and are treated by the criminal justice system.
She will also highlight the petition signed by thousands of Plymouth people, calling for more information to be revealed about how Pemberton was monitored by the privatised probation service. She said: "I will show the petition results to her and ask her questions. I'd really like to push the numbers up, push to something like 10,000 before I see the Minister for Justice."
One of the questions Andrea said she'd like answered is how can one of the CRC's run by Working Links be allowed to investigate another CRC for suspected failings. She said: "The hope is to urge the Justice Minister to do something about these cases. Meeting with Nadine Marshall made me realise that we're not the only ones out there going through this, and it's just not right that any of us should have to."
Last night's documentary, broadcast on Welsh-language channel S4C, revealed the terrible similarities between the murders of Tanis Bhandari and of South Wales man Conner Marshall. Conner, aged 18 was savagely beaten to death by David Braddon in March 2014.
The Herald exclusively revealed that Tanis's family were not even made aware of the SFO summary report into the handling of their son's killer, who was on licence at the time of his arrest for murder.
Details of how Pemberton was dealt with by both the police and the probation service after he was arrested for brandishing two meat cleavers in Anstis Street, Stonehouse on December 15, 2014 – just two weeks before he was at the Green in Tamerton Foliot where Tanis met his death – was also not handed over until they were alerted to the report by The Herald.
The brief report claimed the supervision of Pemberton, who had been released from prison just a few weeks before he was arrested for the meat-cleaver incident, was handed to a "staff member who was newly appointed to the role of case manager (Probation Service Officer - PSO). The report claimed this case manager member was "an experience staff member" who had worked "for a few years in probation in another role".
However, it also admitted the CRC's practice was to "provide training for newly appointed case managers... through a designated PSA development programme" but there was a "delay in getting the case manager onto this training programme".
The report also revealed the case manager was not made aware Pemberton had been arrested for more than a week and only then because of a call from a member of the mental health Insight team. Tanis family have called for more details and evidence that action was taken or that improvements have been made, but to date this have been refused by Working Links.
At the time Braddon was under the supervision of a Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) run by Working Links – the same firm which runs the Dorset, Devon and Cornwall CRC which oversaw the supervision of Donald Pemberton. Pemberton and Ryan Williams were both jailed for life for the joint murder of Tanis in the early hours of New Year's Day in 2015.
A Serious Further Offence (SFO) summary report was initially handed to Conner's mother Nadine, but she had to battle the privatised firm to be allowed to see the full report. She found that while the summary report claimed there was "nothing the offender manager could have done which would have predicted or prevented the offence", the full report gave far more information.
Speaking to the BBC's File on Four programme late last year Nadine said the full report was "markedly different" from the three-page summary report. She said: "For starters, [it was] more than twenty pages long. But perhaps most worryingly, it said David Braddon's supervision was unworkable and he should have been sent back to court."
The petition – available at https://www.change.org/p/david-hood-time-for-the-t... – currently sits at 5,891 signatures.
Written by Andrea it states: "To date we have been denied access to this [the full Serious Further Offence] report, being given only a summary which leaves more questions. Despite numerous requests to management of DDC-CRC we remain without answers and explanations as to many aspects of the case. At the start we were assured complete transparency but as yet we are still in the dark. This has lead to suspicion and mistrust towards those in authority. Being the mother of a murdered son is not my choice. Knowing that DDC-CRC mismanaged and failed to identify numerous factors within this case review is unacceptable and inexcusable. As a parent I'm looking for honest, truthful answers and explanations from those who deny me the full report."