Gardai issue Invoice Redirection Fraud Alert

THIEVES HAVE conned businesses out of €100,000 in a new invoices scam.

The scam has been reported to Gardai, who have just announced they recently detected a ‘pattern of criminal activity’ that has the potential to cause serious financial losses to businesses.

So far, up to 14 cases have been reported, with potential losses of over €5m, however €100k has been stolen.

A number of firms based around the country have received fraudulent instructions in the recent weeks via email or letter which instructed them to record new account details for their various clients.

A Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation spokesperson said: ‘There is no pattern in the fraudulent account details as they involve different financial institutions in both Ireland and the UK.

‘As a result of the various businesses having received these fraudulent instructions, these businesses transferred money to the various bank accounts in payment of due debts.

‘However due to the vigilance of the various financial institutions, most of the money was either prevented from having been sent in the first instance or recovered.’

Detectives are calling on all businesses to conduct an immediate review of any instructions that they have received from customers involving a request for a change of account details.

The spokesperson added: ‘As a security precaution it should be confirmed by verbal contact with the relevant financial control person in each business that purportedly sent change of account instructions as to whether they were genuine instructions or not.

‘Where any business suspects that such an attempt was made or indeed where they have received such a request they should immediately contact their local Garda station and their bank.

‘The Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation are liaising closely with the Banking and Payments Federation of Ireland.’

They recommend people study their Invoice Redirection Fraud Alert Advice Sheet.

Éamon Lillis fighting for share of French villa

ÉAMON LILLIS is fighting to cling to his share of a French villa where he holidayed with his wife, Celine Cawley, just weeks before he bludgeoned her to death.

The property at Hossegor on France’s south-west coast was bought in around 2005 and was once valued at about €800,000.

It appeared to be jointly owned by Miss Cawley’s father James and Lillis, who is serving a six-year manslaughter sentence in Wheatfield Prison. He beat his wife to death with a brick at their home in Howth in December 2008.

In March, a French court will hear an application by Miss Cawley’s sister Susanna and brother Christopher to have the property’s ownership transferred to Lillis’s 18-year-old daughter – and only child – Georgia.

The hearing, at Dax High Court, is the latest in a string of legal moves by Miss Cawley’s family to prevent Lillis from benefiting from his wife’s estate.

That fight hit a setback earlier this month when the High Court in Dublin ruled he is entitled to half of her assets.

Then, his daughter had said she would rather stick pins in her eyes than accept her father’s right to return to live within even a few miles of the house where he killed her mother.

Assets the couple owned jointly included their €800,000 Howth home, a €200,000 Sutton apartment and €68,000 in investments.

However, because of his conviction, he is not entitled to inherit any property that his wife owned in her own right.

Her family have long contended he should have no rights whatsoever to any property – jointly owned or otherwise. The French villa sleeps eight and was due to be rented for summer 2009 at about €3,000 a week.

Complete with swimming pool, it is just five minutes from the sea in an affluent district of the popular surfing resort.

Neighbour Christian Vergez, who lives on the same secluded tree-lined avenue as the disputed property, remembered Miss Cawley with fondness when interviewed in 2008.

He said: ‘When they first moved in, we had a drink at our house with her and her husband, and they invited us back.

‘They were not there very often and nor are we. We did not see each other very much but we know them to say hello and chat over the hedge. We saw them this summer.

‘She was full of vitality and energy. A strong woman.

‘She told us she had been here (to Hossegor) when she was younger, about 30 years ago.’ According to a neighbour living near the holiday villa, Miss Cawley had been planning to enrol Georgia at a school at the small town of Hossegor, 180km south of Bordeaux.

Catholic dioceses child practices review to take five years

THE ONGOING review into the Catholic Church’s safeguarding practices could take another five years.

Given the amount of work needed to review child protection practices at all the country’s dioceses, the review is ‘unlikely’ to be completed before 2016.

On Wednesday, when the first set of reviews were published, the National Board of Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church boss Ian Elliott said it would take ‘at least two years’.

But it emerged last night that many of those facing review do not even know when their review is set to start.

Others are simply refusing to say publicly whether or not a review of their child protection policies and practices was either under way or has a date set for when it is due to start.

So far just five dioceses – Ardagh, Dromore, Kilmore, Derry and Raphoe, and the Tuam Archdiocese – have had their reviews completed.

Those reports, which were all critical of the way allegations of abuse had been handled in the past but complimentary of how they are handled now, were published on Tuesday.

They revealed that 164 abuse allegations had been lodged with Gardaí in the past 36 years against 85 priests, but that there were just eight convictions.

But the next round of reports will not be published until next May or June at the earliest, and they will only focus on four dioceses and two congregations.

One diocese to be reviewed is Limerick, where 23 priests have had abuse allegations made against them since 1940, but none have been convicted.

Until 2009, Limerick shared a case management committee with the Diocese of Cloyne.

The committee was heavily criticised in the Cloyne Report for putting the interests of abusers above those of their victims.

Last night, a spokesman for the Limerick diocese said: ‘We can confirm that the Limerick diocese wrote to the NBSCCC in November and requested that it be the next diocese audited by them. We expect this to take place in the Spring.’

Of the 17 dioceses contacted yesterday and asked a range of questions about their priests and the current state of any

NBSCCC review, just two – Down & Connor and Limerick – answered them.

It also emerged last night that the report into Tuam contained a significant error.

In the audit, both the HSE and the gardaí were accused of a series of failures in how they had historically handled allegations of clerical abuse.

But it also made a categorical statement about the current handling of allegation.

It stated: ‘It is often the case that once an allegation is forwarded to (civil authorities), there is a significant delay in establishing if a crime has been committed and if there is any risk to children.’

However, each ‘is’ in the statement should have read ‘was’.

Last night a spokesman for the NBSCCC admitted: ‘This should have referred to matters in a historical sense. It is a mistake.’

A spokeswoman for Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald said last night: ‘We are so far only looking at a very small part of the bigger picture here and the Minister wants to see all the information.

‘She is particularly interested in the outcome of the ongoing HSE audit.’

The release of that report is due in the coming weeks.

And the minister has said she is waiting on the report’s publication before making her mind up about whether or not to hold a full statutory inquiry into clerical abuse.

Sinister end to former boyfriend of Irma Mali

AS IRMA Mali shifts from youthful confidence one minute to distraught confusion the next, you can hardly recognise her as one of Ireland’s top models.

Normally polished and very much the statuesque Lithuanian beauty who has taken the catwalks of Ireland – and beyond, to Paris, Milan and London – by storm, she sits at the table of a central Vilnius restaurant with her head in her hands.

She plays nervously with the 20 or so bracelets on her right arm, visibly struggling with the realisation that the first love of her life – the father of her daughter – is dead.

But his is no ordinary death, and the curious circumstances in which it happened are looking more sinister by the day.

Given that she has only just buried Marius Simanaitis – a martial arts expert and personal bodyguard to some of Ireland’s

wealthiest businessmen – she is understandably ill at ease. After all, this is the first time she has spoken publicly about

anything other than her modelling career.

Painfully shy by nature, she is fully, albeit reluctantly, aware that since her relationship with Script singer Danny

O’Donoghue became public earlier this year, she has been thrust into an unwelcome limelight of sorts.

But the suspicions around 28-year-old Marius’s death won’t let her be silent. She must speak out, she is convinced, for

the sake of his family and the Garda’s ongoing investigation into his death. It merited little more than a few paragraphs in

a newspaper report just over a week ago, and it was suggested that Marius, who was not named in the article, had

committed suicide by shooting himself in the head.

His body had been discovered at 6.30am in an apartment near the Phoenix Park on March 11. He had died from a single gunshot to the head.

The pistol – which had been fitted with a silencer – was found firmly clasped in his hand. He was in the company of at least two other people and a large quantity of drink had been taken.

For Irma, the trauma was compounded by the way she found out. The shocking news didn’t come in the form of a polite

knock on the door from an apologetic garda. Instead, it came in a text message hours later from mutual friends, who have known each other since their teens.

Trembling nervously, Irma – who moved to Ireland with Marius more than six years ago – said: ‘They simply asked if I had heard. I hadn’t.

‘Finding out your ex-boyfriend is dead by text message is a very painful experience and I just didn’t believe it. I called his

brother and he came over with friends.’ What deeply troubles her is the suggestion that he could kill himself. As to the

possibility he could have been murdered, she cannot even bring herself to talk, let alone think, about it.

But his family are in no doubt he was murdered and even believe – because of what they have been told by witnesses

who stopped by Marius’s flat on the night he died as well as the accounts given by the last people to see him alive – that

his killer may actually have been a hitmanfor-hire from the internet, chillingly called Absolut after the vodka of the same

name.

Donatas Simanaitis, Marius’s older brother and president of a respected Lithuanian martial-arts federation, said: ‘There is

more to my brother’s death than meets the eye and I will not rest until I find out what happened and who was involved.

‘There is no doubt in my mind he was murdered. He didn’t just have a gunshot wound to his head.’

According to the family, Marius had severe bruising and a fractured skull to one side, a gunshot to the other, and defensive wounds on his

hand. Of course, the hand wounds could have pre-existed due to the fact that Marius, as stated, was a keen martial-arts

exponent.

Irma, whose surname is a shortened version of her family name, Malinauskaite, came to Ireland when she was 18, from

her home town of Alytus, near Vilnius.

She and Marius – who had recently been planning to return to Lithuania to go into business with Donatas – had been dating for some time. He got offered ‘a good job’ and left for Dublin. She, naturally, followed.

They set up home together and, three months after moving, she fell pregnant.

In 2003, she gave birth to Nikoleta. At the time, the couple were living in the north inner city, on Parnell Square.

He was working as a security guard and she was employed as a cook, though she took on occasional modelling

assignments.

Two years later, Irma – who had been modelling in Lithuania since she was 13 – walked into First Option modelling

agency in Dublin and was signed up on the spot.

By 2007, however, she and Marius had run their course and the couple parted.

The split was amicable and she made sure he received plenty of access to Nikoleta.

Irma’s modelling career took off and, last year, she was cast in the video for an up-and-coming rock band called The

Script.

The band’s lead singer, Danny O’Donoghue, was instantly smitten and they began, to use his phrase, ‘ courtin’. Last November, Dubliner Danny, 25, and

the statuesque Lithuanian were pictured after the Cheerios Childline concert, heading to the after- party in Lillie’s

Bordello.

They arrived at the star- studded bash arm- in- arm and were then spotted out together again the following month, at the

U2 Christmas bash in Bentley’s.

Now the couple are extremely close, and O’Donoghue has been extremely supportive during Irma’s fortnight of trauma.

While she knows that her relationship with the Meteor Award-winning star – whose band have enjoyed a No. 1 album here and in Britain and seem set to crack America next – will push Marius’s death further into the limelight, she is also

determined not to let that cloud the key question: how did her first love end up dying in a Phoenix Park apartment, shot in

the head with a silenced pistol?

Irma is trying to be strong for herself as well as six-year-old Nikoleta but she finds it hard to articulate the thought that her ex-partner was murdered.

Nevertheless, she is adamant he did not kill himself..

‘ I don’t want to believe he was murdered because of any implications that this realisation brings,’ she says carefully, ‘but

one thing I do know is that everything I know about Marius from our time together says he was definitely not the sort of

person to kill himself.’ ‘For a start, he was always very happy and positive, and had such an open, optimistic and

ambitious outlook on life. In all my time with him, he never showed any signs of depression whatsoever. He did not have

a dark side or a part of his character that I could not understand. He was an open book. I trusted him.

‘Secondly, he was devoted to his daughter. He adored her and was not the sort of person to forego his responsibilities.

‘He was utterly devoted to her.

‘Thirdly, in all the time I have known Marius – and I have known him since I was 14 – he has never taken drugs, never

been convicted of any crime and I have never known him to be associated with criminals.

‘I can understand that, because we are Lithuanian, there might be some narrow-minded people who will jump to

conclusions but he was one of the good guys.

‘I cannot believe he was found with a gun because I never saw any guns when I was with him. And yes, okay, he was a

fighter and whatever connotation martial arts has for people is one thing, but he was also a sportsman.

‘So, too, might be any connotation some might associate with security guards in general and bodyguards in particular but

if I did not believe he was anything other than what he was – a fit, strong, hard-working, decent guy – I would not say it.

‘I have lived my own life since we split more than two years ago and, as much as I loved him and stayed in touch with

him, if I suspected he was involved in anything unsavoury, I would say so. But he was a decent man.

‘I cannot bring myself to entertain too many thoughts about what did or didn’t happen because I have to be strong for

Nikoleta as much as for myself.

‘He only ever wanted the best for me and for our daughter. He was never a jealous man and we have led separate lives

for some time now.

‘If anybody thinks there is any relation between his death and my relationship with Danny, they are wrong.

‘He had his own relationships and plans for his future. We once planned a future together but we just grew apart. These

things happen.

‘Danny has been great. He has been very supportive but I do not think it is appropriate for me to bring him into this

situation,’ added Irma.

‘To be honest, I am just very confused right now, and reality just hasn’t sunk in yet. I am taking each day as it comes.

‘I have told Nikoleta that daddy is gone but I cannot explain everything to her. This is partly because I do not know myself but also because she is just very scared and doesn’t really know what to make of the situation.’ Marius was found in the early hours of Wednesday, March 11. The Friday before his death was the last time

Irma had spokes to him. Tears welling in her eyes, she insisted: ‘He was his normal self. He mentioned he was going to

Lithuania to meet up with his family.

‘It was normal for him to do that. I didn’t ask too many questions because it all seemed so normal, and I certainly don’t

think he was trying to tell me anything or say goodbye.

‘We talked all the time, although usually about access and when he was coming to see Nikoleta or take her somewhere.’

Donatas, however, is convinced Marius’s death was murder – not least because of the apparently conflicting accounts by

people who were in the flat on the night he died.

He said: ‘I have heard three versions of what they say – he committed suicide after they went to bed, he lost in a game of

Russian roulette or he was just fooling around with a gun and it went off by mistake.’ Bristling with grief-stricken anger,

Donatas added: ‘I wish they would make their minds up.

‘I wish also somebody would answer a few key questions – like why there were no powder burns on his face.

Why was the pistol still in his hand when he was discovered and where on earth did the gun come from? ‘Where is all the

money he was going to invest in the partnership with me? He had about E10,000 that he said he was going to bring over

and that money is now missing,’ he claimed.

Donatas, who is president of the Lithuanian Bushido Federation, also points to a number of other factors, namely that his

brother was not a big drinker and had never owned guns.

He and his family believe that the severe bruising and smashed skull are not consistent with a self-inflicted gunshot.

Instead, Donatas is convinced, his brother was beaten and shot and his death made to look like suicide.

Irma cannot bring herself to focus on these details in the way that Donatas does. For her, the overwhelming emotion is

loss.

‘I miss him, and I am devastated that he has gone,’ she says.

‘I have lost a friend and a former lover but, most importantly, my daughter has lost her father.’

Tania Moore

TO her Irish parents and many friends, show jumper Tania Anne Moore was a beautiful young woman with everything to live for.

Hard-working and devoted to her horses, the university graduate was a popular character in her adopted home in England.

But in 2001, she made a mistake that would prove to be a fatal one.

She fell in love with the man who would wage a savage vendetta against her that would end with her brutal murder.

Alarmingly, during more than a year of harassment at the hands of ex-fiancé Mark Dyche, her repeated appeals for help from the local police would go unanswered.

Indeed, just two weeks before he blasted her point blank in the face, she had confided in her mother: “When I’m dead, something will be done”.

Last week – more than two years after the 26-year-old’s death – something was finally done.

One of the detectives she should have been able to rely on to help her was sacked, another demoted and four more received reprimands after an Independent Police Complaints Commission investigation slammed Derbyshire Police’s “abysmal” handling of her case.

Her mother Stella – who moved with husband Pat from Ireland to Derbyshire when Tania was three – said: “I hold the police responsible for failing to protect Tania and ultimately, her death.”

In a damning report, the IPCC concluded “no officer took control and no meaningful investigation took place” and its author admitted: “It has to be acknowledged that there is a possibility that had it not been for the accused officers’ omissions, the death of Tania Moore may have been avoided.”

Back in 2001, when the couple first met in a pub in the east Midlands village of Martson Montgomery where Dyche lived with his mother Mary, Stella had initially had a good impression of her daughter’s new boyfriend.

She thought the then 31-year-old digger driver a “normal and charming man” who seemed devoted to her daughter and regularly gave her flowers and various gifts, including a £600 watch.

At the time, Tania ran a livery business with Stella after having graduated with a degree in equine science.

But while she was outgoing, mixed with a wide circle of friends and was a regular at various hunt balls and riding fixtures, he seemed more withdrawn.

The few people he did associate with tended to be colleagues he met while working day shifts around local farms.

Stella recalled: “Tania was bubbly and fun-loving and would do anything for anyone.

“She was going to be someone. Who was he? A nobody.

“He didn’t seem to have any friends and those people that he did associate with seemed to be a lot younger than him, which struck me as a bit odd.”

Little did she or her daughter know at the time but ten years previously, Dyche had received an 18-month restraining order against him by ex-wife Paula Halliwell, who he split from in June 1993.

He would later be convicted and put on probation for a year for threatening to kill Ms Halliwell.

Oblivious to his past, Tania – who lived with Dyche at his mother’s house for a while – eventually got engaged to him at a young farmer’s ball in January, 2002 but the relationship soon turned sour.

In an extraordinary fit of psychotic pique, he put an unloaded shotgun to his head and pulled the trigger as a way to show her how upset he was about a dress she had worn to a spring ball.

It was to be one of many rows that stemmed from a deep-seated jealousy and possessiveness. Stella recalled: “He knew all the right buttons to press, he was very charming. But towards the end, he used to frighten her.

“But Tania remained courageous, even when she was terrified. I really never thought he would be capable of something like murder.

“I did not know about what had happened with his ex-wife, but then I hear about it in court and everything slots together. ”

By the time – in around February 2003 – Tania called off the engagement, Dyche had even started having an illicit affair with one of her own friends.

The woman – Helen Smith – would not only later lend him money he needed to pay criminals to beat up and rob Tania, but she would also provide him with a false alibi for the night of Tania’s brutal murder.

Following the end of the relationship, furious Dyche began a relentless campaign of hatred that would last more than a year and ultimately end as he warned friends it would – with her death.

Her car was vandalised, a male companion warned his house would be “torched”, she was followed, and malicious texts sent to her included: “My girlfriend wants to see your head on a platter, like the beef on the table tonight”.

At one point, he was sending her as many as 1,000 text messages a month.

A court would later hear that Dyche told friends: “I want her legs breaking”. He also said he wanted to see her eyes gouged out.

Five months after the split, he paid known criminal Craig Stonier, 41, of Meir, Stoke-on-Trent, €2,970 to rob the house Tania lived in with mother Stella and retrieve the €890 Tag Heuer watch he had bought her as a gift.

Other items he wanted Stonier – who recruited fellow criminals, including a 32-year-old police informant called Jason Bloor – to get for him included a mobile phone.

On June 2, 2003, two men turned up at Home Farm at around 9.45am.

Tania was working in the stables at the time and was alerted to their presence by her dog barking.

When she went to investigate, she was met by two men – John Booth, 23, and a 17-year-old. They said their car had broken down and needed to use the phone.

As she turned and led them into the farm house, they launched into a savage attack with fists and a baseball bat one of the thugs had concealed under his coat. She was punched in the face and repeatedly kicked as she lay screaming on the ground.

They left with the watch – which Dyche later sold to a friend – and the mobile phone. Amazingly, although Jason Bloor – the informer – tipped off police that Dyche was behind the attack, he was never interviewed. And despite the fact that he had a conviction for threatening to kill his ex-wife, he continued to hold a gun licence, and keep guns.

Tania told police her attackers had accents from a city in neighbouring Staffordshire, but they didn’t bother circulating their details to that county’s police force.

The inaction then clearly – and understandably – still rankles with Stella. She said: “There were so many people who knew who had done the beating and yet no-one went to the police.

“Dyche would have been in prison now and Tania would be alive. I feel that so many people have let Tania down.

“I feel hatred towards him for taking away something so precious. What was there to gain in taking her life?

“The only thing I can think of is that she was going somewhere and he was nobody.”

To help get over the attack and to just get away for a break, she fled to London to stay with friends – but Dyche appears to have followed her there as she started receiving text messages detailing which shops she was visiting and commenting on the clothes she had bought.

Stella said: “Someone must have been shadowing her. She was petrified.”

One text sent read: “Thought you said you earned enough. I am looking at the screen that’s showing £5,000 (€7,429) on your Visa – you definitely like shopping.”

Other incidents included him threatening to kill her in a pub packed with witnesses on New Year’s Eve 2003 and then – two months later – he beat her up.

Ominously, as he left – he smirked, slowly turned to face her and pointed his hand at her in the shape of a gun and then left.

A friend of his would later tell the jury in his trial how Dyche felt about being dumped by Tania.

Robert Scragg said: “His exact words were ‘I will f****** shoot her, and her mate Char wants the bullet as well. I thought it was just an expression of anger or temper.

“That’s what I took it for. I didn’t really take him seriously.”

Another witness in the trial would recall how Dyche had approached him “for a favour”.

Patrick Docherty said: “He asked me if I would do him a favour and come down to his area to do someone in. An ex-girlfriend had dumped him.

“At first I thought it was a new boyfriend and I asked him whether he wanted the new boyfriend done in, and he said no, it was the girl.

“I told him he was a s*** and he was to get on with it. Everybody gets dumped.”

A woman Dyche met through a lonely hearts column would also say how he talked about Tania constantly.

Christina Osbourne said: “At the beginning, he seemed how anybody would be after a nasty split, but later he was bitter, but not just towards the ex-partner but to the family as well.

“It became clear that he was quite obsessed with it – he went on and on about it. It was clear it was close to hatred.”

When Tania went to speak to Derbyshire Police officers on March 1, 2004, she was told to go away and compile a report on him. This she did, and just days before she was murdered, she delivered it to her local police station. The envelope was only opened the day she was killed – weeks away from her final exam to become an intermediate riding instructor.

On March 29, 2004, Dyche and another man – Colin Colley, an alcoholic – lay in wait for her near her home. They were both dressed in pesticide spraying suits and balaclavas and sat in an unregistered Nissan Bluebird.

When he saw her drive past the spot where he was parked on her way home from teaching riding lessons, Dyche pulled out and followed her. She was just a few hundred yards from her home when he caught up with her, and rammed her Volkswagen Polo off the road.

While she lay trapped and dazed in her crashed car, Dyche jumped out, smashed her side window and blasted her point blank in the face before driving off.

He burnt the Nissan in a nearby stable and then got lover Helen Smith to take him and Colley to an address. During the drive there, Smith asked him what had happened.

He coldly turned to her, the jury in his trail in 2005 would later hear, and said: “You don’t want to know. I was at yours all night”.

Although she did agree to give him his alibi, she later admitted it was “utterly false”.

Dyche would plead not guilty to murder and conspiracy to rob but was convicted at the end of his four-week trail in 2005, and his appeal against his conviction quashed last month.

Tania’s father Pat understandably feels prison is too good for the “animal”.

He said: “Tania will never walk the streets again. Dyche will, however, get three square meals a day and watch TV and get free training.

“The kind of crime he committed deserved capital punishment. May he rot in hell.”

After last week’s IPCC report, Stella said: “I am devastated by the loss of my very beautiful, caring daughter who did not deserve to die.

“Her death has been even more difficult to come to terms with as I feel that if the police had acted differently my daughter would still be alive today.

“I hold the police responsible for failing to protect Tania and ultimately her death. In my view, none of the officers involved should be allowed to remain in the police force.”

Tania’s brother Justin added: “I have lost a beloved sister to whom I was very close.

“Tania put her trust in the police and they let her and us down, which led to her murder by a psychopathic killer well known to the police.”

The family are now to go ahead with their legal action against Derbyshire Police, and can expect to an award – which will go into the memorial fund for disadvantaged children set up in Tania’s name – of between €74,300 and €222,890.

But even as they get ready for their court battle, three more women victims of domestic abuse have come forward as a result of the publicity surrounding Tania’s case.

In all three cases they allege the same thing – that officers from Derbyshire Police failed to act about their concerns.

Two of the women are taking their case to the IPCC.

Tania’s case has led to an overhaul of the way the force now handles domestic violence cases.

It seems such a sad irony that she had to die before – as she put it in the weeks before her brutal murder – something was done.

More abuse victims to lodge Derbyshire Police complaints.

TWO more women have come forward to complain against the way Derbyshire Police officers handled their appeals for help in dealing with their concerns about violent abuse by men.

They have contacted the same legal firm that is suing the east Midlands force over the way its officers deal with Tania Moore – the 26-year-old showjumper murdered in 2004 by her fiance after more than a year of assaults, abuse and threats.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission last week slammed the force for its “abysmal” handling of her case.

It concluded “no officer took control and no meaningful investigation took place”.

One officer has been sacked, another demoted and four more reprimanded. It now faces having to pay between £50,000 and £100,000 to her family – although the family have made it clear that they’d be happy if the officers involved lost their jobs and never worked in policing again.

The money from any claim is – say the family – not an issue, as such.

Solicitor Peter Mahy, who represents Ms Moore’s mother Stella, brother Justin and father Pat, said last night that in the past week, he has been contacted by two women from Derbyshire.

He said: “One was repeatedly beaten up by her husband while the other was regularly assaulted by a family member.

“In both cases – which cover the period between 2003 and 2005 – the women asked the police for help time and time again but they did not act.

“One of the women has now moved out of the area and is attending university but she wants the matter to be dealt with by the Independent Police Compliants Commission.

“The second woman is considering her position.”

He added: “I expect to get more enquiries from women.”

Last week, another woman told how she believes she could be “the next Tania Moore” as Derbyshire Police officers have – she claims – failed to protect her from an abusive lover.

Mahy – a 33-year-old civil rights lawyer – is due to begin proceedings against Derbyshire Police early next year in connection with the Tania Moore case.

Her car was rammed off the road and she was blasted point blank in the face by jilted fiance Mark Dyche in March 2004.

For more than a year previously, the 36-year-old stalked her, sent her abuse text messages, paid £2,000 to get men to have her beaten up and robbed, and on at least two occasions he openly threatened to kill her.

Just four weeks before she died, the terrified riding instructor – understandably annoyed at Derbyshire Police inaction – confided in her mother Stella: “When I’m dead somethng, will be done.”

Despite denying murder and conspiracy to rob Ms Moore, the farm worker – who was also a keen marksman – was found guilty at Nottingham Crown Court in May 2005.

His appeal against his conviction was quashed last month.

Ms Moore’s mother said: “The police failed in their duty. If the police had been more astute, my daughter would never have died”.

Last week, a woman known only as “Susan” told the BBC East Midlands Today programme that she is worried she will suffer the same fate as Ms Moore and claimed most of the officers she has spoken to about her case have just treated her like an “hysterical woman”.

Susan has endured two years of abuse from a man she met through a lonely hearts column.

But because of police in action, she has now lodged a formal complaint with the IPCC.

She said: “I’ve had to put up with him threatening to kill me, pulling knives on me, strangling me, throwing me to the ground, trying to suffocate me and sending me vile text messages.

“They’ve (police officers) just treated me like I’m a hysterical women. They don’t really understand domestic violence it’s absolutely disgraceful.

“They haven’t got an idea of what it’s like to be a victim of domestic violence and if they did I think they would be a lot more sympathetic.”

She added: “I’ve told them to remember my name, I will be the next Tania Moore with a bullet through my head if they don’t stop this man.”

A Derbyshire Police spokesperson said at the time: “Such complaints are treated very seriously and it is of grave concern that a victim of domestic violence is dissatisfied with the service.”

Catholic Church receives new group writ over abuse claims

THE Catholic church is being sued by victims of a former priest who they claim abused them when they were residents of a home for the deaf.

Eight men in their 40s who claim Neil Gallanagh abused them are taking part in a group action against him. If successful, they could be awarded up to £50,000 each – bringing the total payout to more than £500,000.

A writ has been delivered to the Catholic Diocese of Leeds in England, where the former priest is based, and the case is expected to come to court by next summer, 2007.

It’s the latest of a number of writs lodged against the Catholic Church.

This latest case follows Gallanagh’s conviction in 2005 when he pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting two pupils of St John’s Catholic School for the Deaf, in Boston Spa, between 1975 and 1980.

Instead of receiving the jail sentence his victims had hoped for, the 76-year-old – who was a resident chaplain at the home where he moved after serving at a parish in Ireland – walked free and was given a six-month suspended at Leeds Crown Court.

It was agreed that a further 12 charges against Gallanagh of indecent assault dating back to the 1970s and 1980s, involving five other under-16 boys – including an 11-year-old – would be “left on the file”.

The case is being brought by the same legal firm that is representing 140 victims of abuse by Catholic priests at another UK care home.

David Greenwood, of Jordan’s Solicitors, in West Yorkshire, England, said: “Our firm was approached after the court case against Neil Gallanagh.

“His victims were not happy with the outcome and still believe there is a need for further justice.

“It is our information that Gallanagh had committed sex offences before he worked at St John’s and the Catholic Church were aware about his activities.

“We know he has other victims out there but many are just too frightened or intimidated by the Catholic Church to want to take the matter further.

“Their lives and those of the eight men who are taking this action have been ruined and the fact that Gallanagh was able to walk free despite being convicted of abuse just added insult to injury.”

John Grady, spokesman for the Diocese of Leeds, confirmed the writ had been received.

But he said last night: “The matter is in the hands of our solicitors and we have no comment to make.”

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