Equivocal Death (14118/19)
Following on from my below request, if it will take in excess of 18 hours to search pre-electronic records as well as electronic, then please go as far back as feasible stating to which year you/’e able to go back to.
FOI request (Equivocal Death Investigation):
Date range: Between 1995 and 2015 (twenty years date range)
Population: Elderly couples (over the age of 60) that died at the same time or within a short time of each other
Type of case: Double murders or murder/suicides (please do not include accidents, double suicides, natural, or unascertained deaths)
Location of death: Private residence (please do not include public places)
Information requested to include: the cause of death, the injuries sustained (if not covered in the cause of death), if the case was closed as a double murder or murder/suicide and if the offender (for double murders) was caught.
Year Cause of death FEMALE
If known please include injuries sustained (i.e. Incised wounds / Blunt force trauma / Asphyxiation) Cause of death MALE
If known please include injuries sustained (i.e. Incised wounds / Blunt force trauma / Asphyxiation) Case closed as:
Murder / Suicide / Double murder / If double murder:
Was the offender caught or are they still outstanding
Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information within the appropriate (cost) limit within the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act (see ‘Reason for Decision’ below).This information is not centrally held in a retrievable format in respect Date range: Between 1995 and 2015 (twenty years date range) of pre-electronic records as well as electronic.
The cost of compliance with the whole of your request is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond, i.e. the cost of locating and retrieving the information would exceed the appropriate costs limit under section 12(1) of the FOI Act 2000. For West Midlands Police, the appropriate limit is set at £450, as prescribed by the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004, S.I. 3244.
Therefore the cost of providing you with the information is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond i.e. the cost of locating and retrieving the information exceeds the ‘appropriate level’ as stated in the Freedom of Information (Fees and Appropriate Limit) Regulations 2004.
In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts as a Refusal Notice for this part of the request and if one part of a request exceeds the fees limit then S12 of the Act applies to the whole request
However, In accordance with Section 16 of the Act I have a duty to provide advice and assistance in relation to your request and can provide some of the data in relation to Years 2005 – 2015 which is attached within the table as this was retrieved during our initial research. This should not be taken as a precedent that additional information would be supplied outside of the time/fees legislation for any subsequent requests
Further information on section 12 of FOI is available here: