Murder of Kevin Nunes to be re-investigated

Staffordshire Police are to formally reinvestigate the murder of Kevin Nunes.

The 20-year-old was found dead in Pattingham in 2002. He died of gunshot wounds.

Five men were jailed in 2008 over his death, but were released on appeal four years later - after failings by officers during the course of the investigation were highlighted.

After taking up the post of Chief Constable, Gareth Morgan commissioned Merseyside Police in 2018 to undertake an independent review into the murder - saying he felt justice has never been done for the Nunes family.

This review was completed at the end of February this year and the decision was made to reopen the investigation into the murder and for this to be carried out by detectives from Staffordshire Police’s Major and Organised Crime team.

Chief Constable Morgan met with the family of Kevin Nunes yesterday to discuss the decision for Staffordshire Police to reinvestigate and they are supportive of this approach.

He said: “This is a significant moment for the family of Kevin and the wider public, but it is also a significant moment for Staffordshire Police.

"I have read in detail all the reports relating to the original investigation and the subsequent enquiries by the IPCC (now IOPC) and I’ve acknowledged the significant police failings that were highlighted, for which, on behalf of the Force, I have apologised.

"I am particularly sorry that the family of Kevin have not received justice for his death. I know they have been let down.

“Following the independent review which has just been completed, I have decided that the force will carry out a reinvestigation into Kevin’s death.

"The new investigation will be led by an experienced senior investigating officer and a team of detectives from Staffordshire Police. I have complete confidence in their ability to undertake this investigation.”

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