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Sister criticises cops, prison over murder

AAP logoAAP 2/11/2016

The sister of a Perth woman murdered by her stepson believes she would still be alive if procedures were properly followed after he made threats to kill her while he was in prison.

The WA Coroner's Court is examining whether anything could have been done to prevent the death of Sally Kaur, who was murdered by 19-year-old Catalin Alin Borbil in December 2013 - weeks after he made the threats.

The sister, who asked not to be named, held back tears on Wednesday as she read a statement to the court.

"It is clear that there has been a failure in the internal systems and processes at the police and prison departments," she said.

"Had the officers taken the threat more seriously and given it the consideration it deserves, I strongly believe that my sister would be alive today.

"It is sad that she has to pay the price of her life for these lessons to be learned."

The inquest previously heard that while Borbil was remanded in custody for offences including stealing a car, and possessing a weapon and drug paraphernalia, he told a prison chaplain: "I hate her and if I can get a gun I will put it to her head."

The following day, Borbil told an unidentified prisoner he intended to kill his stepmother, put her in a trunk then eat her, and the remark was reported to authorities.

In a second meeting with the same chaplain, Borbil said: "I say goodbye to her every morning and she just ignores me, I have told her 'one day I am going to f*** kill you'."

Borbil was later granted bail with a condition that he live with his father.

Sergeant Rachel Kremer, who was the prosecutor at the bail hearing, told the inquest on Wednesday that if she had been aware of the threats she would have informed the magistrate.

Two weeks after the bail hearing, Ms Kaur was chopping vegetables in her Koondoola home when she was confronted by her meth-affected stepson, who demanded money.

After the 57-year-old victim accidentally cut him, Borbil stabbed her at least 15 times and ransacked the home, leaving her in a pool of blood.

Borbil was sentenced in 2015 to life behind bars with a minimum of 17 years.

The inquest has heard that what Borbil told the chaplain was not reported to anyone until five days after he was released on bail, while the other threat never led anyone to contact Ms Kaur.

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