Police chief refuses to apologise

Suzanne Holdsworth with partner Lee Spencer and their daughter Jamie-Leigh
Suzanne Holdsworth with partner Lee Spencer and their daughter Jamie-Leigh

A POLICE chief has refused to apologise to a mum wrongly imprisoned for murder – despite being urged to do so by an independent watchdog.

Suzanne Holdsworth was locked up for life after being found guilty of murdering two-year-old Kyle Fisher at her home in Millpool Close, Hartlepool, in July 2004.

But she was released in April 2008, after serving three years, when her conviction was overturned by the Court of Appeal.

She was then found not guilty in a second trial in December of the same year.

After the case, Suzanne and her partner, Lee Spencer, sparked an Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) overview of Cleveland Police’s internal investigation of 27 complaints they had made about how the initial inquiry had been handled.

The IPCC has now ruled there is no evidence of any misconduct after looking at the claims that involved three serving and three retired police officers.

The couple have slammed the outcome as a “betrayal of the truth” and could seek a judicial review.

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