Parents of murder victim in justice bid

Mr and Mrs John and Penny Clough look through old pictures of their daughter Jane
Mr and Mrs John and Penny Clough look through old pictures of their daughter Jane
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THE grieving parents of murdered nurse Jane Clough have written to Fylde coast MPs to ask for support.

John and Penny Clough, whose 26-year-old daughter was stabbed to death outside Blackpool Victoria Hospital by her former partner, have sent letters to MPs Paul Maynard and Gordon Marsden.

Jonathan Vass, Jane’s former partner, was out on bail after being charged with nine counts of rape and four counts of sexual assault against her when he stabbed her to death.

Her parents say they find it difficult to comprehend why he was given bail with this charge list and have enlisted the help of their local MP Andrew Stephenson, who is planning to raise a bail amendment bill to give victims or the Crown Prosecution Service the opportunity to appeal judges’ bail decisions.

Now they hope Paul Maynard, MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys, and Gordon Marsden, MP for Blackpool South, will also throw their weight behind the campaign.

Mr Clough, from Barrowford, near Nelson, said: “The issue we have is that if Vass had been denied bail, our daughter would still be alive, he had the right to appeal, but Jane or any other victim of violent crimes, do not have the same right to appeal against bail being granted.

“Our MP Andrew Stephenson is planning to raise a bail amendment bill to give victims and CPS the opportunity to appeal judges’ bail decisions and we have written to Mr Marsden and Mr Maynard to ask them to support him.”

Miss Clough, the mother of Vass’ one-year-old daughter, was brutally stabbed 19 times by the 30-year-old ambulance technician on her way into work at The Vic last July.

Vass, a 17 stone body builder from Preston, was sentenced to life in prison last year and was told he must serve a minimum of 30 years.

Mr and Mrs Clough are now awaiting responses from Mr Marsden and Mr Maynard.

In the letter, Mr Clough wrote: “We are the grieving parents of Jane Clough, the nurse who was murdered in Blackpool Victoria Hospital car park last July, by Jonathan Vass.

“I would hope that you have some familiarity with this case.

“And I hope that you would be willing to assist us achieve some justice for our daughter.”