Refuge responds to horrific double homicide involving firearms

Yesterday, it was announced that an IPCC investigation will be launched into Surrey Police’s response to the case of Christine Lee and her daughter Lucy Lee, who were murdered by Christine’s partner John Lowe, on a puppy farm near Farnham, Surrey, in February 2014.


In March 2013, police took John Lowe’s weapons away over concerns he was unfit to have a gun licence, having made threats to kill. Despite this, his weapons were returned to him in July 2013. Three police staff are now facing investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) for gross misconduct.

Sandra Horley CORRECT HEADSHOT 2014

Sandra Horley CBE, chief executive of national domestic violence charity Refuge says:
“I was absolutely sickened to hear of the brutal murder of Christine Lee and her daughter Lucy at the hands of Christine’s partner, John Lowe, earlier this year. I was also stunned to hear that Surrey Police had returned seven guns to John Lowe prior to the murder. They had previously seized the weapons from him following reports that he had threatened to kill Christine’s other daughter. Just yesterday I was giving evidence in Parliament on this very issue – on how the police respond to the risk posed by perpetrators having access to firearms. It is shocking that Surrey Police did not spot the clear risk posed by this violent and dangerous man.

This horrific story shows exactly why we need a public inquiry into domestic violence. The police – and other state agencies – are failing victims of domestic violence on a daily basis. We cannot allow this appalling state of affairs to continue. The lives of women and children must be valued more highly by our state agencies. Please urge the Government to do more by signing our petition below.”

Click here to sign Refuge’s petition for a public inquiry into the police and state agency response to domestic violence