A tireless campaign by the family of Jane Clough a nurse murdered by her ex-partner outside her workplace in Blackpool has prompted a change in the law to challenge legal guidance.
Jonathan Vass, was on bail awaiting trial for the rape of Ms Clough when he killed her in 2010 at Victoria hospital in the town. He stabbed the 26 year old mum 71 times.
He was jailed for life for Jane's murder but never faced the sexual assault charges, something her parents have described as "wrong". They fought for a change in the law ever since her death driven by their belief that Vass escaped punishment for his other crimes.
Today the Director of Public Prosecutions Kier Starmer wrote in The Times:
](http://www.cps.gov.uk/about/dpp.html), Kier Starmer QC said: "In Jane)"Jane's parents felt that this was wrong. She had wanted Vass tried for rape, and her murder effectively denied her justice. In cases where an offence as serious as rape is alleged in the context of a subsequent murder, the Crown Prosecution Service. Director of Public Prosecutions should persist with the rape charges... even if no extra penalty can realistically be imposed."
From today, charges of rape will no longer be superceeded by charges of murder and those who have committed rape and murder will be charged with both offences.
This is the second change in the lase the family have brought about. Jane's parents believed their daughters life would have been saved if Vass hadn't been released on bail awaiting trial for rape.
Now families can appeal against the decision to bail suspects.
Mr Clough, 51, told The Times that he and his wife had wanted Vass tried for the rapes so that he would be treated as a sexual offender and consequently placed on the sex offenders register.
Mr Clough said the change would go "some way to making us think that Jane's death has made a difference".