Woman Spends 50k On Law Degrees After Police Killed Her 'Soulmate'

A woman has spent £50,000 of her own money to become a lawyer and clear the name of her partner who was shot dead by police seven years ago.

In 2012, Anthony Grainger was killed as he sat in a car with two friends in Culcheth, Warrington. Police believe that the three men were about to commit an armed robbery and gunned him down.

After a lengthy legal process, the Crown Prosecution Service decided that a jury would more most likely not prosecute the police marksman for manslaughter, nor would a health and safety tribunal go ahead.

Results from a public enquiry into the mechanics of Anthony's death have not yet been revealed.

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Credit: Mercury Press/Caters

However, in the meantime, Gail Grainger - who took Anthony's name after his death - has spent the time since 2012 gaining two law degrees in order to fight for justice for the man she describes as her 'soulmate'.

Thirty-six-year-old Gail has already obtained an undergraduate degree from the University of Salford, and is halfway through a masters in criminal justice.

One of her essays on police-caused deaths was recently awarded a first after she cited herself as a case study.

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Credit: Mercury Press/Caters

She said: "I have spent seven years pursuing the police and courts. If the force had just come and apologised and said 'we are all human, this happened but we will make changes', that would be different.

"But unfortunately, I feel like the system is set up for the families to fail in their fight.

"Without any officer being held accountable, no one will ever learn lessons or feel deterred from acting before thinking about the consequences.

"So I decided I had to do something myself."

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Credit: Mercury Press/Caters

So she did. After all, in September 2012 a jury took 40 minutes to acquit Anthony of any wrongdoing. The other two men were also acquitted.

She continued: "When me and Anthony met and started a relationship it was clear we had each met our soulmate.

"We loved each other so much that for me, the need for justice outweighs any expense that it may cost in getting it.

"He didn't deserve what happened to him by any stretch of the imagination, and the facts that we have to fight for answers really doesn't make the grieving process any easier.

"I know that if it was the other way round he would do everything in his power to seek justice for me.

"He was the most perfect man, partner, friend and father that anyone could have asked for.

"He deserves to be fought for and if that means I will spend the rest of my life paying off debt, so be it."

Credit: Mercury Press/Caters
Credit: Mercury Press/Caters

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police said: "As the public inquiry report is yet to be published, it would be inappropriate for us to comment.

"We will await the findings and will consider any recommendations made."

A Home Office spokesperson also said: "The police do a vitally important job, so it is right they are held to the highest possible standards and subject to rigorous examination.

"The inquiry is independent of government. It would not be appropriate for the Home Office to comment further while the inquiry is ongoing."

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Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a freelance journalist and LADbible contributor. He graduated from University of London with a BA in Philosophy before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. He has previously written for the M.E.N Group as well as working for several top professional sports clubs. Contact him on [email protected]

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