The bereaved brother of murdered businessman Nicholas Churton says he could still be alive today if police has 'acted on his calls'.
James Churton's comments come after his brother's killer was jailed for a minimum of 23 years and four months.
Jordan Davidson, 26, admitted murdering pensioner Nicholas Churton – who once ran a restaurant in Tarporley – at his home in Wrexham, along with 12 other charges including robberies and a hammer attack in Handbridge.
After Wednesday’s sentencing, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) revealed four cops and one civilian member of North Wales Police were under criminal investigation about their contact with 67-year-old Mr Churton in the days before his murder.
They have also been served with misconduct notices.
Mr Churton contacted North Wales Police nine days before his death saying a man called Jordan had threatened him with a hammer and stolen his car keys.
Speaking to our sister site the Daily Post , James Churton said: “Everywhere (Davidson) seemed to go he left a wake of violence in his path. They (the police) shouldn’t have allowed that to happen.
“The police took no action really and two or three days later this guy murdered my brother.
“I am angry about it but at the same time I just want some closure.
“If the police had acted on his calls then maybe he would be alive today.
“Nicholas didn’t deserve to be bashed to death by some idiot. I find it amazing (Davidson) was walking the streets.
“My brother wouldn’t harm a fly and he would befriend people easily.
“Nicholas had lots of problems in his life. He drank too much and had a broken marriage and maybe the police thought he was a bit of a drop-out.
“But he was an extremely kind and gentle person - he was a raconteur. He was very well educated and in a lot of things very intelligent.”
James, who lives in Cheshire, said he wants anyone found to have failed his brother to face the consequences.
He added: “If there are police who are guilty of ignoring his complaints they need action taking against them. It’s not right.”
Mr Churton was found dead at his home on March 23 on Crescent Close, Wrexham, by a friend on March 27 this year after Davidson forced his way in and beat him around the head with a machete and a hammer.
The IPCC will look at the force’s response to the alleged robbery at Mr Churton’s home on Sunday March 12 and whether cops complied with national guidance and procedures regarding “incident management and safeguarding”.
According to the IPCC Mr Churton told police on March 14 he had let a man called Jordan in to use his toilet two days before.
He told officers the man had threatened him with a hammer and stolen his car keys.
Mr Churton was advised to speak to other people to see if they could help identify ‘Jordan’.
The IPCC said Mr Churton contacted North Wales Police again on March 23, the day he died, and said the suspect was Jordan Davidson.
Davidson always denied stealing Mr Churton’s keys and was found not guilty when the Crown Prosecution Service offered no evidence at his trial.
Derrick Campbell, IPCC Commissioner, said: “My thoughts remain with Mr Churton’s family and friends following his murder, and all those affected.
“Now the murder case has concluded, we will work to complete our investigation as soon as possible.”