Violent ex told mum-of-two he'd ‘put her head on a stick' but cops did nothing for 3 days and he murdered her soon after

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Violent ex told mum-of-two he’d ‘put her head on a stick’ but cops did nothing for 3 days and he murdered her soon after

A VIOLENT ex who murdered a mum-of-two had told her he would “put her head on a stick” before killing her – but cops did nothing for three days.

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Daniel Patten, 31, stabbed Regan Tierney, 27, to death in a horrific murder suicide in Salford, Greater Manchester in 2019 – 11 days after he had made the threat.

Violent ex told mum-of-two he’d ‘put her head on a stick’ but cops did nothing for 3 days and he murdered her soon after

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Regan Tierney was murdered by her violent ex 11 days after she told police she was in danger Credit: Mercury Press

Violent ex told mum-of-two he’d ‘put her head on a stick’ but cops did nothing for 3 days and he murdered her soon after

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Daniel Patten stabbed the mum-of-two to death in a horrific murder-suicide Credit: Facebook

It was later found that Greater Manchester Police (GMP) did nothing for three days after Miss Tierney phoned the force to tell them she was in danger.

By the time the police reached out again, Miss Tierney had “lost confidence” and decided not to take the matter further, a report found.

Miss Tierney's body was found at her home in Salford, along with Patten who was found at the same address with critical injuries and died two days later. 

A Domestic Homicide Review was commissioned by Salford Community Safety Partnership, following concerns about Regan's contact with GMP and other agencies leading up to her death.

The report found that a number of opportunities were missed by services including GMP, GP practices, Bolton NHS FT services, Greater Manchester Mental Health Foundation, and Salford Royal NHS Trust.

During their 10-year relationship, Miss Tierney was subject to coercive and controlling behaviour, intimidation, verbal abuse, physical violence and threats, at the hands of Patten.

But despite telling several professionals she had been the victim of domestic violence, the review found Miss Tierney was never referred to specialist domestic abuse services.

Just eleven days before she was killed, on May 25, 2019, Regan called police to report that Patten was being abusive to her while he was collecting their children.

The relationship had ended by this point but the pair remained in contact to arrange visitation with their two young kids.

Miss Tierney told police that Patten had threatened to “put her head on a stick” adding she believed he was a danger to her but not to the children.

The review found that the same evening, Regan's father, Dave Tierney called police to report the matter, however, the call handler 'refused' to take details from him.

Mr Tierney called back a short time later, but the call handler noted that he was 'rude' and may have been intoxicated, and refused to discuss the matter with him.

The report made by Regan was not 'serviced' by police until May 28, at which point she did not want to make a statement.

And by the time of her murder a few days later, officers from Greater Manchester Police hadn't followed up the incident with Patten, the report found.

A panel concluded that had police attendance not been delayed, Miss Tierney's situation may have changed in how she reported her concerns.

The review also found opportunities to protect Regan were missed by Bolton NHS Foundation Trust A&E after she presented with a broken nose in October 2012.

Miss Tierney told hospital staff that it was Patten who had caused the injury, but there was no consideration by staff at the trust to refer her to specialist domestic abuse services.

Greater Manchester Police also undertook a risk assessment with Regan following the assault, which was marked as 'standard risk,' but then increased to 'medium risk.'

Although Patten was eventually prosecuted for the assault, there were no risk assessments or safety planning put in place for Regan, the report added.

Regan had also made disclosures that she had been the victim of domestic abuse at the hands of Patten during a therapy session with Greater Manchester Mental Health Foundation Trust (GMMH).

The panel found there was “no attempt” to gather further information about Patten, or “any consideration” about referring her to a specialist domestic abuse service.

During her therapy sessions with GMMH, Miss Tierney also told professionals about Patten's coercive and controlling behaviour, the report found.

The panel found that Regan was provided information by her therapist about the 'Women's Centre' but there was “no indication of any attempt” to explore the impact of Patten's behaviour on her.

“None of the agencies who were aware of domestic abuse explored the impact of coercion and control on (Regan),” they concluded.

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Meanwhile, Miss Tierney also visited her GP on numerous occasions with what were described as 'risk indicators' for domestic abuse, including anxiety, depression, and postnatal depression.

The review found that neither her GP or other health agencies explored a “potential connection” between these presentations and the possibility that Regan was a victim of domestic abuse.

The panel also noted several examples of practitioners not recording information across a number of agencies.

A post-mortem examination found that Regan had died as a result of multiple stab wounds.

Police informed the Domestic Homicide Review Panel that indications are that Miss Tierney was murdered by Patten, who then attempted to take his own life.

Following Miss Tierney's death, GMP made a referral to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).

Your daughter's death is a tragedy that should have been prevented.

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At the time the Domestic Homicide Review was published in September 2021, the IOPC's report had not been published.

In March 2021, the Home Secretary described GMP's treatment of Miss Tierney's case as 'deeply disturbing.'

It emerged that in a letter earlier in the year, Priti Patel told Regan's father, Dave Tierney: “Your daughter's death is a tragedy that should have been prevented.”

Miss Tierney was described by her family as a lovely young woman who had “everything to live for.”

In a statement released following her death, they said: “She was a loving mum who loved family life, she will be greatly missed by her two children and family.

“Regan was taken from our lives too soon. She was a beautiful daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece, and an amazing mother. We will forever cherish the memories.”

A pre-inquest review into Miss Tierney's death is due to take place at Bolton Coroner's Court next month.

Detective Superintendent Chris Packer said: “Firstly our thoughts remain with this young woman's family and loved ones.

“Since her death, GMP has remained committed to working with partners to establish whether any more could’ve been done to prevent this tragedy.

“The findings of this review have been shared with all agencies, and
we will carefully consider any learning identified.

“Domestic abuse remains one of the highest priorities for GMP, and we
continue to adapt our approach and work with our partner agencies to
ensure we are playing our part in protecting the vulnerable members of
society.”

Violent ex told mum-of-two he’d ‘put her head on a stick’ but cops did nothing for 3 days and he murdered her soon after

Miss Tierney had told a number of services about the abuse she was suffering Credit: Mercury Press

Violent ex told mum-of-two he’d ‘put her head on a stick’ but cops did nothing for 3 days and he murdered her soon after

A domestic homicide review found that a number of opportunities were missed by services including GMP, GP practices, Bolton NHS FT services, Greater Manchester Mental Health Foundation, and Salford Royal NHS Trust Credit: MEN Media

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