THE family of murdered Blackpool nurse Jane Clough say they will never give up their pursuit for justice for their daughter.
The 26-year-old’s parents John and Penny Clough are demanding changes to the UK’s bail system to protect victims .
And they’ve now got the support of the Ministry of Justice’s Victims’ Commissioner, Louise Casey, who promotes at the highest levels of government the interests of those impacted by crime.
Mr Clough said: “She has said she will come up and visit us in February. We were amazed when we got her letter.
“She is based in London and hopefully will have direct access to David Cameron, Ken Clarke and Theresa May, Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities.
“Jane’s death has been for nothing, it’s had no positive result. If we can get changes to the bail act and safety to be taken seriously, that will be a result for Jane.”
Former ambulance technician Jonathan Vass, from Preston, was on bail facing nine counts of raping Miss Clough – the mother his one-year-old daughter – when he stabbed her as she made her way into work at Blackpool Victoria Hospital in July.
He also faced two counts of assault and one of sexual assault against her.
Miss Clough’s family say Vass should never have been released on bail and have called for the judge who granted the killer his freedom, to be investigated.
They were also left distraught by the decision not to prosecute Vass for rape charges after he admitted murder.
The nurse’s parents recently spoke at a special conference in Newcastle - Unseen! Unspoken! Unheard! – to stop domestic violence. They say they will continue to spread their message until they see changes to protect victims.
Mr Clough added: “It’s the first time we’ve done public speaking before. I’d put a power point presentation with snippets of Jane’s diary and reports from the CPS.
“The aim was to make people’s aware of domestic violence up to speed. The feedback we got after the talk was very encouraging. Hopefully it will be the first of a few. We’d love to travel anywhere to anyone who wants to listen. It’s very emotional but we’re still keeping going.
“We were able to talk about the imbalance in law and imbalance in appeal. He gets to appeal the length of his sentence but we don’t get the right of appeal to try him for rape.
“Everything is so unbalanced.
“The defendant’s right to freedom is superseded by the victim’s right to safety. Ultimately, it cost Jane’s life.”
Vass, 30, has recently appealed his 30-year-sentence behind bars at the Court of Appeal but it has been rejected.
Mr Clough added: “He can appeal again in 28 days. It’s a disgrace. How many times can he appeal?”