On Sunday 25th July 2010, Jane Clough was savagely murdered in the grounds of Blackpool Victoria Hospital as she arrived to start her night shift as an A & E nurse. Her killer, Jonathon Vass, was her former partner. He had appeared in court on 1st December 2009 charged with 3 counts of rape against Jane.
He was further charged nine days later with 6 counts of rape, 3 assaults and 1 sexual assault. Despite objections by the Police and CPS, and having been told that ‘he was extremely likely to interfere with the witness’ he was released on bail by Judge Simon Newell. He went on to murder Jane.
The Justice for Jane Clough petition is to support a Bill for an appeal process where there is the strong belief that the judge has “got it wrong” in granting bail.
A right of appeal against bail decisions could have been used in the case of Nathan Lucas from Nuneaton. In June 2011 Nathan Lucas was convicted of violently raping two teenage girls and attempting to rape a 26 year old. Despite a recommendation by the police that he be remanded in custody during the trial in Leamington Crown Court, the judge granted bail. Nathan Lucas absconded and is still at liberty.
Read the Coventry Evening Telegraph report here
If you believe that such an amendment should become law and that victims should, via the Crown Prosecution Service, be allowed to appeal a Judge’s decision to grant bail please sign the petition here