Catherine Wells-Burr family take campaign to keep killers in UK to Downing Street in London (From Yeovil Express)
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Catherine Wells-Burr family take campaign to keep killers in UK to Downing Street in London
THE family of murder victim Catherine Wells-Burr have been to 10 Downing Street to present their campaign to stop two of her Polish killers returning home.
Catherine’s mother, Jayne, father, Philip, sister, Leanne, Rachel Winters, who set up the family’s petition, and MP David Laws took the thousands of signatures to Prime Minister David Cameron, calling for Rafal Nowak and Anna Lagwinowicz not to be transferred to prison in Poland.
The pair, with Tadevsz Dmytryszyn, were each sentenced to a minimum 32-year jail term after being convicted last year, but could be eligible for parole after 25 years if the transfer goes ahead.
Over 6,500 people signed the online petition and another 3,000 handwritten signatures were presented to Mr Cameron last Thursday.
Mrs Wells-Burr told the News: “It was a long day, but we feel better for doing it because we’re Catherine’s voice.”
She said if Nowak and Lagwinowicz were transferred to Poland it would be “wrong” and would make a “mockery” of the justice system.
She said: “We have the life sentence, and so did her friends and work colleagues.
“We don’t agree that they should go back to Poland to serve a lesser sentence – we’ll never know if they’re truly remorseful for their actions.”
A jury at Bristol Crown Court heard the trio conspired to kill the 23-year-old business graduate at her home in Chard in September, 2012, and drove her body to a secluded spot in Ashill, where they set fire to the vehicle.
Judge Mrs Justice Sharp ruled that it was a murder motivated by financial gain.
The family says a final decision on the murderers’ transfer could be made this month.
A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: “It’s absolutely right that foreign offenders should, where possible, serve their sentences in their own country.
“One of the many factors taken into account when determining any application is how long the offender has left to serve, and in this case no decision has been made on whether a repatriation request would be granted.”
Mrs Wells-Burr thanks everyone who signed the petition at epetitions.direct.gov.uk/peti tions/59301 and said people can still add their name until April 16.
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