Posted on March 20, 2019
Alice Ruggles had contacted Northumbria Police about Trimaan Dhillon’s stalking only days before he broke into her home in Gateshead and repeatedly cut her throat. Following Miss Ruggles’ call to the Northumbria Police in 2016, a police officer contacted Mr Dhillon’s barracks, but not the Military Police or Police Scotland. Dhillon was told to stop contacting his ex-girlfriend or face arrest charges, but ignored the warning from within the regiment and continued to contact Miss Ruggles. Eventually, he drove to Tyneside and murdered Miss Ruggles in October 2016.
Following the events, the now-former Lance Corporal, who trained with the Special Reconnaissance Service, was jailed for life with a minimum term of 22 years following a trial at Newcastle Crown Court.
Following the trial, Gateshead Council conducted a domestic homicide review (DHR), the results of which were published on Tuesday. It has made 20 recommendations for local authorities, the Home Office and the Ministry of Defence to act upon. The DHR recommended that it becomes an offence to threaten to release intimate photos of an ex-partner, as Dhillon had done once Miss Ruggles had called off their relationship.
In a second call to Northumbria Police, as Dhillon’s stalking continued, a call handler asked Miss Ruggles if she wanted him to be arrested. The DHR found the police should have made the decision, and it should not have been left to the victim, who declined.