Woman reveals two police officers were dismissed after failing to arrest her stalker ex

A mother-of-three has revealed how she was relentlessly stalked by her ex-partner, who had a secret key cut for her house and hid in her shed to spy on her.

Sasha Wright, 34, was terrorised by David Ernest Ricketts, 35, for two years after their relationship ended.

At the height of his stalking campaign, two Dorset police officers Police Constable Hannah White and Police Constable Jamie Woodfine failed to arrest Ricketts and were later dismissed for gross misconduct, after recording an inaccurate report.

While carrying out a welfare check in June 2018, the officers discovered Ricketts was at Sasha’s address in breach of a non-molestation order, but decided not to arrest him.

One of the officers later recorded a false log report claiming that Ricketts was not present. In September 2018, Ricketts was jailed for a year, after being convicted of stalking. 

Now, Sasha is speaking out for the first time to highlight the importance of Clare’s Law – a scheme giving people the ‘right to know’ if a partner has a history of domestic violence – and wants police officers to take stalking more seriously.

Sasha Wright, 34, was terrorised by David Ernest Ricketts , 35, for two years after their relationship ended. The pair are pictured together in 2016

Sasha Wright, 34, was terrorised by David Ernest Ricketts , 35, for two years after their relationship ended. The pair are pictured together in 2016 

In 2018, Sasha was granted an order banning her ex from contacting her. David and Sasha are pictured together in 2016

In 2018, Sasha was granted an order banning her ex from contacting her. David and Sasha are pictured together in 2016

Sasha, a barista, said: ‘David is a dangerous man.

‘The police should have arrested him when he broke the molestation order, but they failed to protect me from him.

‘After the stalking, I had to completely relocate.

‘I was constantly on edge and I’ll never completely recover.’ 

Pictured, sinister text messages sent to Sasha telling her he was waiting for her outside her house

Pictured, sinister text messages sent to Sasha telling her he was waiting for her outside her house 

Riketts begged Sasha to 'talk to him'

Ricketts said he was 'warning sasha'

Pictured, sinister text messages sent to Sasha where Ricketts says he’s ‘warning’ Sasha and asking her to talk to him 

In March 2016, Sasha met Ricketts when she served him at the sandwich shop where she worked.

She says: ‘When we started dating, he was very charming and complimentary. A few months later I introduced him to my kids.’

In September that year, Sasha discovered she was pregnant with Ricketts’ baby and in the same month, he became controlling.

At the height of his stalking campaign, two Dorset police officers failed to arrest Ricketts and were later dismissed for gross misconduct

At the height of his stalking campaign, two Dorset police officers failed to arrest Ricketts and were later dismissed for gross misconduct

In March 2016, Sasha met Ricketts when she served him at the sandwich shop where she worked. David and Sasha are pictured together in 2016

In March 2016, Sasha met Ricketts when she served him at the sandwich shop where she worked. David and Sasha are pictured together in 2016

Sasha said: ‘He became very possessive and demanded to know if I was cheating on him.

‘One day, while I was out shopping, I spotted David watching me from a distance.

‘When I confronted him, he denied it. But he started turning up at my workplace every day, demanding to walk me home. It was like he’d turned into a different person.’

In October 2016, two officers attended Sasha’s house to carry out a Clare’s Law disclosure following a request from a member of the public.

However, she claims that the officers who attended handed her a pile of paperwork to read.

Sasha alleges that Ricketts’ previous assault convictions were not properly disclosed to her.

Sasha says her former partner was 'very charming and complimentary' when they started dating, and she quickly introduced him to her children

Sasha says her former partner was ‘very charming and complimentary’ when they started dating, and she quickly introduced him to her children

In September that year, Sasha discovered she was pregnant with Ricketts' baby and quickly found he became more and more controlling

In September that year, Sasha discovered she was pregnant with Ricketts’ baby and quickly found he became more and more controlling  

Instead, she claims that she was told the log reports weren’t anything to be concerned about.

Sasha says: ‘I was completely overwhelmed by the situation.

‘They didn’t explain anything properly to me. After their visit, I was left completely confused. It gave me the impression that he’d just had a toxic relationship in the past.’

Later that month, Ricketts’ harassment continued so Sasha ended their relationship.

She says: ‘After that, he bombarded me with hundreds of texts every day begging for me to take him back.

‘He’d stand outside my house watching me most days. It was terrifying. When I went out shopping, he would follow me around.’

In November 2016, Sasha attended her first pregnancy scan, and Ricketts was waiting outside the maternity ward at Poole Hospital.

Sasha hurried home and reported Ricketts to the police but they said they didn’t have enough evidence to arrest him.

Over the next year, Ricketts' campaign of stalking intensified. David and Sasha are pictured on a holiday to Corfu together in 2016

Over the next year, Ricketts’ campaign of stalking intensified. David and Sasha are pictured on a holiday to Corfu together in 2016

Over the next year, Ricketts’ campaign of stalking intensified.

Sasha says: ‘I was constantly anxious and checked the windows and locks like clockwork.

What is Clare’s Law? How you can find out your partner’s domestic violence history, thanks to father’s campaign

Clare Wood, 36, was strangled by an ex

Clare Wood, 36, was strangled by an ex

Clare’s Law was created in 2014 following a campaign by Michael Brown, whose daughter was murdered by her ex-boyfriend.

The initiative, officially called the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, was designed to provide people with information that may protect them from a potentially abusive situation.

The scheme allows the police to disclose information about a partner’s previous history of domestic violence or violent acts.

Clare Wood, 36, was strangled and set on fire by her ex-boyfriend George Appleton at her home in Salford, Greater Manchester, in February 2009.

The mother-of-one had met Appleton on Facebook, unaware of his horrific history of violence against women, including repeated harassment, threats and the kidnapping at knifepoint of one of his ex-girlfriends.

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‘I was terrified he was going to kill me and my kids.I felt like there was nothing anyone could do to protect me.

‘I was desperate to know if David had any previous convictions and begged the police to carry out a second Clare’s Law disclosure. But they said that I’d already had one.

‘By that point, I was heavily pregnant and I had a right to know if my family was at risk.’

Eventually, in January 2018, Sasha was granted a non-molestation order banning Ricketts from contacting her.

However, he continued to stalk her, turning up at her house, following her in public, and sending hundreds of texts every week.

In June 2018, Ricketts turned up at Sasha’s home and demanded to see his newborn baby daughter.

She says: ‘Eventually, I let him in so he wouldn’t make a scene.

‘Two hours later, two officers arrived to carry out a welfare check after being alerted by a neighbour.

‘Because the non-molestation order was in place, I assumed they’d arrest him as he’d broken the conditions.

‘However, they let him go. I was completely vulnerable. It was disgusting.’

In July 2018, Sasha discovered Ricketts had been hiding in her shed after he convinced her 10-year-old son to give him his house key.

She says: ‘I was terrified. I notified the police but by the time they arrived, David had made a run for it.

‘Then, a few weeks later, I found him in my living room where he showed me he’d cut a secret key for my house. I was terrified for my family.

‘I begged him to leave us alone, but I felt like there was nothing I could do to stop him.

‘Eventually, he left and I reported him to the police again.’

In September 2018, with the aid of a domestic violence worker, two officers carried out a second Clare’s Law disclosure.

It revealed that Ricketts had previous assault convictions against former partners.

She says: ‘In the middle of the disclosure, I broke down and cried.

In September 2018, with the aid of a domestic violence worker, two officers carried out a second Clare's Law disclosure

In September 2018, with the aid of a domestic violence worker, two officers carried out a second Clare’s Law disclosure

‘If I’d have known about David’s past convictions, I never would have dated him.’

In December 2018, David Ernest Ricketts, of Drake Road, Poole, Dorset, was found guilty of stalking, two counts of breaching a non-molestation order and breaking bail conditions.

He was jailed for 12 months at Bournemouth Crown Court but served just half of his sentence.

Sasha says: ‘It felt like a kick in the teeth.

‘After the hell I’d been through David only served six months in prison. Those officers failed me massively. When they didn’t arrest David, I was left completely vulnerable.

‘They were supposed to protect me and they didn’t.’

Sasha recently discovered that Ricketts has re-offended.

In August 2020, Ricketts pleaded guilty to harassment and committing an offence whilst a community order was in force -relating to another victim, at Poole Magistrates Court

In August 2020, Ricketts pleaded guilty to harassment and committing an offence whilst a community order was in force -relating to another victim, at Poole Magistrates Court

In August 2020, he pleaded guilty to harassment and committing an offence whilst a community order was in force -relating to another victim, at Poole Magistrates Court.

He was sentenced to 26 weeks suspended for 2 years, and handed a two year restraining order.

Sasha says: ‘It’s clear David hasn’t learnt his lesson. He’s a dangerous man.’

Now, Sasha is campaigning for a stalker’s register.

She says: ‘Stalking should be taken as seriously as other types of domestic violence.

‘I spent hundreds of pounds installing CCTV and a room with double-enforced doors to feel safe again.

‘The impact of the stalking will stay with me forever.’

In January 2020, two Dorset police officers in Sasha’s case were dismissed after they were found guilty of gross misconduct for failing to arrest a man and recording an inaccurate log report relating to the incident in June 2018.

Following the misconduct hearing at the force’s headquarters in Winfrith, deputy chief constable David Lewis said: ‘Our officers have to adhere to the highest standards of professional behaviour, in particular their honesty and integrity must be beyond reproach.

‘As a force we are committed to the protection and safeguarding of vulnerable people and in this case the officers failed to comply with the Force’s domestic abuse investigation policy and procedure and knowingly caused an inaccurate log entry of the incident to be recorded.

‘I agree with the panel’s view that the officers’ actions amounted to gross misconduct and were sufficient to warrant dismissal.

‘I hope this case demonstrates that we will take action against officers who fail to maintain the high standards that we set and what is expected of them when carrying out their duties in serving and protecting the public.’ 

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