Police ‘aggressive’ in girl hunt

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Published: Monday 2nd February 2015 by The News Editor

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Police were aggressive in their search for a teenager who went on the run, her mother told an inquest today.

Shanice-Paris Goff, 18, plunged from the 17th floor of a block of flats in April 2012.

Her mother Mildred Goff told Southwark Coroner’s Court, London, that officers were aggressive when they came to her house looking for Shanice-Paris during her eight months on the run from June 2011.

Mrs Goff said two friends of her daughter had reported that when officers found her at the flats on the day she died, one said ‘you’re going back to prison for a long time’ and was aggressive.

“When they had come to my house, they were being aggressive, because she wasn’t there.”

Mrs Goff, who said she had not known where her daughter was when she was on the run, wept as she recalled how Shanice-Paris had told her she loved her in a final Facebook message shortly before.

“It was 2.30, I said, ‘I’ll go to sleep, you should be asleep’, she told me she loved me, and that’s it.”

Shanice-Paris died at Hastings House, Mulgrave Road, Woolwich, south east London.

She had been in a Young Offenders Institution and was released on licence in April 2011 but went AWOL and the Ministry of Justice revoked her licence and issued a custody notification on June 8.

Mrs Goff confirmed that her daughter had behavioural problems at school and a history of robbery.

They were in regular touch when she was on the run and Mrs Goff told her to give herself up but her daughter did not tell her where she was.

“She wouldn’t have given it to me because she knows what I’m like, that I would probably have given it to the police,” she said.

She agreed that her daughter did not want to go back to prison but said she had never mentioned a desire to end her life.

She had come to ask her for her birth certificate.

Mrs Goff told senior Southwark coroner Dr Andrew Harris and a jury: “She’s my child, I’ve raised my kids to do what’s right by the law, and I did did try with my Shanice – I was making her learn to thrive.”

Published: Monday 2nd February 2015 by The News Editor

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