John Michael Constantine was convicted of manslaughter in 2010
South Wales Police conducted a thorough and professional investigation into the tragic death of Karen Welsh in March 2010 which led to the conviction of John Michael Constantine for manslaughter. Our thoughts remain with Karen’s family.
The Healthcare Inspectorate Wales report makes two recommendations for police to review policies and processes for the management of arrest warrants. These reviews have already taken place and we are confident that our systems are robust to ensure individuals who are wanted on warrant are dealt with effectively.
The force has recently appointed four specialist mental health liaison officers which will strengthen our links with partners. Improving the way we deal with mental health issues has been a focus of activity between local police and individual health boards as well as across Wales, where we have worked with NHS Cymru and Welsh Government.
The arrest warrant for Constantine referred to in the report was dealt with by magistrates after he presented himself to the court on January 18th 2010.
At the time of Karen Welsh’s death on March 2nd 2010 the warrant had been dealt with by the court and therefore Constantine was no longer wanted by the police.