A SERIOUS case review has been launched into the brutal and savage revenge murders of two teenagers in Eastmoor.
Double killer Ahmad Otak, 19, stabbed Samantha Sykes, 18, and Kim Frank, 17, to death in a frenzied, brutal and sustained attack at Miss Frank’s flat on Barden Road, Eastmoor in March this year.
Otak, of Linton Road, Eastmoor, was jailed for life today (Friday) at Leeds Crown Court.
After the hearing the Wakefield and District Safeguarding Children Board confirmed a Serious Care Review was underway.
The Express understands both Miss Frank , and her sister Elisa , had previously been in the care of Wakefield Social Services.
Edwina Harrison, Chair of the Wakefield and District Safeguarding Children Board said:
“Our thoughts and sympathies are with the two families and friends at this very difficult time. We realise that nothing we can say will bring these two young women back and we are deeply sorry about the loss and pain suffered by both families.
“This court case is the result of a complex police investigation and Kimberley was known to Wakefield Council’s family services. Now the case is concluded we are working with both families to complete our serious case review.
“The review is taking all the issues being raised in this tragic case very seriously. All the agencies involved are examining their practices rigorously in the light of what has happened. We will identify any lessons which can be learned and make sure that any improvements to services are swiftly implemented.”
The Safeguarding Children Board made the decision to undertake a Serious Case Review in relation to this case, in line with guidance, in order to identify what lessons may be learned by agencies that work with children and their families in Wakefield.
This Serious Case Review can not be published by the Safeguarding Children Board until all criminal proceedings have been concluded and after family members have had the opportunity to contribute to the review.”
Otak carried out the revenge murders because he could not accept that his relationship with Elisa Frank was over.
After carrying out the killings Otak, who is originally from Afghanistan, tried to flee the country.
But he was stopped by police in Dover who alerted West Yorkshire Police.
Officers were sent to the Barden Road flat where they found the bodies of Miss Sykes and Miss Frank.
Passing sentence Mr Justice Coulson ruled Otak must serve a minimum of 34 years before he can be considered for parole.