Parents welcome decision

The parents of the murdered Bath student Catherine Wells-Burr have welcomed the Government's decision to give victims of crime a greater chance to speak in courts.

Parents welcome decision to let victims speak in court

The parents of the murdered Somerset woman Catherine Wells-Burr have welcomed the decision to give victims of crime and their families a greater chance to speak in court.

Catherine was killed by her boyfriend Rafal Novak in September 2012, two others were also convicted of her murder.

Under a new code, victims will be able to choose to explain to the court and offender how a crime has affected them through reading out a Victim Personal Statement.

Our Somerset Correspondent David Woodland has been speaking to Jayne and Phillip Wells-Burr.

MP: 'I agree' with Catherine Wells-Burr's parents

Damian Green, the minister for policing, criminal justice and victims said the Government's decision to give victims of crime a greater chance to speak in courts "directly addresses the problem".

Speaking to ITV News Westcountry he said: "This very directly addresses the problem that Catherine Wells-Burr's parents have identified."

He continues, "that they would've felt much more satisfied if they had been able to read out what they wanted to read out in court, rather than have it read out by the judge - I agree with them."

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Parents welcome decision to give victims a voice

The parents of the murdered Bath student Catherine Wells-Burr have welcomed the Government's decision to give victims of crime a greater chance to speak in courts.

Catherine was murdered last year in Somerset by her boyfriend and his lover.

A new Victims' Code will entitle victims to personally address offenders to explain the impact a crime has on them by reading a statement in court.

Currently, judges read such statements in private with only parts being read aloud by prosecutors.