Zara Aleena murder: Probation have ‘blood on their hands’, aunt says

Probation officers have been accused of having “blood on their hands” after failings left a sexual predator free to stalk and kill Zara Aleena just days after his prison

release. Damning findings by a watchdog laid bare a catalogue of errors by probation officers before Jordan McSweeney carried out the brutal attack on the aspiring

lawyer. Farah Naz called for “action and accountability” in the wake of her niece’s murder as she branded the Probation Service “incompetent”, with “failures by people at

the top”. McSweeney, 29, was handed a life sentence and jailed for at least 38 years last month after admitting sexually assaulting and murdering the 35-year-old law

graduate in Ilford, east London, in June. Justice Secretary Dominic Raab ordered a review of how probation staff supervised McSweeney – who had a string of convictions and a

history of violence – when it emerged he was freed from prison on licence nine days before the murder. In that time, his licence had been revoked after he failed three times

to meet probation officers – but he was not recalled to prison. In a report published on Tuesday, chief inspector of probation Justin Russell said McSweeney was not treated

as a high-risk offender when he should have been and chances to get him back behind bars sooner were missed. Ms Naz told the BBC “heads should roll”, adding that it is “not

good enough” that just one worker faced disciplinary action over the case. No-one has been sacked, according to the watchdog’s report. She said: “Zara’s life was taken and

probation have blood on their hands.”