A YOUNG woman has arrived home to a nightmare scene.
Her flatmate, 24-year-old Alice Ruggles, is lying in a pool of blood. Her throat has been slit from ear to ear.
The friend, Maxine McGill, dials 999 and sobs down the line: “Oh my God, she’s dead, she’s dead.”
She has discovered Alice lying on the bathroom floor in the home they share in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear.
As the call comes in, officers turn on their body cameras and start filming. Emergency services arrive and perform CPR on Alice, but she is pronounced dead shortly after.
During the call Maxine identified a suspect, Lance Corporal Trimaan ‘Harry’ Dhillon whom she calls an “absolute psychopath.”
Back in the major incident room at the police station, an officer plays the detective chief inspector a recording of a phone call Alice made to police 11 days before her murder.
She can be heard saying: “I split up with my boyfriend about three months ago. Since then, I know that he’s hacked into my Facebook and also my phone. And then tonight I had a knock on my door and there was no one there. It happened again two or three times.
“He’s left some flowers and chocolates on the outside windowsill.
“I’m concerned. My friends have been telling me to call the police. I’ve been putting it off but I just feel a bit shaken up tonight.”
Asked her ex’s name by the officer she replies: “Harry Dhillon.”
At 3.24am on Thurs day morning, their suspect is brought into Forth Banks Police Station in Newcastle.
The rest of the story at The Sun describes how quick police work was able to gather sufficient evidence to arrest and ultimately convict Dhillon, who is identified as having a Sikh background.
mirror.co.uk features Alice’s father, Professor Clive Ruggles, condemning police for not doing something to PREVENT Alice’s murder.
It may be presumptuous of me for saying this but I assume her father did nothing to prevent her murder either.
What I’m talking about is a warning to Alice throughout her childhood to stay away from nonwhite males.
Speaking about his daughter’s death, Professor Ruggles said: “I think procedures let her down. There were many things that happened when she eventually contacted the police.
“The first thing that let her down was her being unaware of how much danger she was in in the early stages. By the time she really did ring the police there were hundreds of messages, he was bombarding her on the phone. He was controlling and obsessive.
“The event that really pushed her into being persuaded to call the police was there was a knock on her window. She was in a ground floor flat at midnight and when she opened the windows he was there outside and placed some chocolates an flowers on the window sill and was backing off.
“How could that have done anything but scare her to death?”
Alice’s family has set up The Alice Ruggles Trust to raise awareness of stalking and campaign for improved legal measures to stop it.
Professor Ruggles said: “We have to raise awareness. People don’t often realise they’re being stalked or how serious it is. Stalking is a word we use in a jokey way, it’s serious. We’ve got to help people raise awareness and let them know there is help out there.
“We’ve also got to work with the police and CPS to improve procedures. We don’t want to blame anyone but we want to see procedures changing.”
White dads must also have the guts to warn their daughters to avoid sand groids.
Dhillon has been sentenced to 22 years for the murder.