UPDATE: Police assessing whether there should be a misconduct probe in Newport murder inquiry
9:01am Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in News
GWENT police will assess whether there are any performance or misconduct matters to investigate over a Newport murder inquiry.
The Argus reported how Sandie Hardman, 45, died after an incident at her flat in Sorrel Drive, Newport, but the exact cause of death remains unclear as the post mortem examination results were inconclusive.
A 23-year-old woman and a 44-year-old man have both been arrested on suspicion of murder and have since been released on police bail pending further inquiries.
As police were called to a disturbance at Ms Hardman’s flat on Thursday prior to her being admitted to Newport’s Royal Gwent Hospital, the matter was referred to the IPCC.
But it was then referred back to the force for local investigation.
A Gwent Police spokesman said the force’s professional standards department is now assessing the information collected in the course of the murder inquiry along with any relevant background history.
He added: “They will then decide whether or not there are any performance or misconduct matters which require any further investigation and action.”
Police were called to the hospital at 12.05am on Friday where Ms Hardman died after being admitted for treatment.
Residents said a block of flats on Sorrel Drive was cordoned off from Thurday night until Saturday evening while forensics officers and police combed the area.
On Sunday, residents spoke to the Argus saying they had seen people in white suits investigating the scene and police cars on the street but said no one had been told anything by officials.
One woman said she had heard arguing coming from the flat on Thursday.
Another man, Emmanuel Abdullah, 37, was staying at a house on Colts Foot Close which backs directly onto the land where the flats are.
He said police officers had been searching back gardens along the street.
Mohammaden Bakyl, 34, who lives in the block of flats at the centre of the police investigation said he didn't know who lived in the flat but described it as a "very busy flat" and said people were always talking and laughing inside.
Ms Hardman's family is being supported by police officers.
Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to call Gwent police on 101 quoting log number 1 18/10/13.