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Girl who saw mum shot dead by stepdad calls for new domestic abuse register
December 30, 2020
A teenager who watched her stepdad shoot her mother dead with an antique shotgun, wants a register for domestic abusers.
Andrew Hooper twice fired his double-barrelled shotgun at ex-partner Cheryl Gabriel-Hooper, 51, after tormenting her for years at home.
Georgia Gabriel-Hooper witnessed the cold-blooded murder as a 14-year-old standing by the front of the Land Rover Evoque her mum was sitting in when she was killed in January 2018.
Now 16, Georgia from Newport, Shropshire has launched a campaign for a register to be created for domestic abusers as it is for sex attackers, MailOnline reports.
She hopes it will help protect women like her mother from unknowingly entering a new relationship with a violent partner.
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Under the conditions of a register, those convicted would have to tell the police if they are starting to see someone who would then be informed of their past by the authorities.
The current Clare's Law or the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, potential victims must make the move to enquire about their partner's history of abuse which could be too intimidating for someone already in a controlling relationship.
Murderer Andrew Hooper was able to keep his previous convictions for domestic abuse offences, hidden when he met Georgia's mother.
'Georgia told MailOnline: "I wish there could have been a domestic abuse register when my mum was alive.
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"My stepdad had a history of domestic abuse before even meeting my mum so if there has been a register, it could have prevented her from entering into a relationship with him.
"A register would save lives because it would potentially stop someone from entering a relationship with an abusive partner.
"A lot of abusers turn into serial abusers, attacking every woman they go out with. It's rarely an isolated incident so we need that register to keep women safe.
"Something needs to be done. We have a sex offenders register, so why don't we have a domestic abuse register?"
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Former Chief Crown prosecutor Nazir Afzal argues that Clare's law is "only half the job", he said: "Clare's Law was a great success but it was only half the job with the burden of finding out if your partner has a history of violence falling entirely on the potential victim.
"And if you're in a controlling relationship you may be too scared to ask.
"A register puts the burden of keeping potential victims safe on the State – where it should be."
Hooper was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 31 years after fleeing the scene and shooting himself which severely disfigured his face and left him unable to speak.