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Wells-Burr prosecutor's statement

"We have worked closely with Avon and Somerset police throughout this extremely complex investigation. This investigation was meticulous. By piecing together numerous pieces of evidence the prosecution team were able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Rafal Nowak, Anna Lagwinowicz and Tadevsz Dmytryszyn were guilty of this ruthless murder motivated by greed."

– Melanie Ringland, Senior Crown prosecutor

Pictures: Three convicted of murdering Catherine Wells-Burr

A jury has found two men and a woman guilty of killing Somerset woman Catherine Wells-Burr.

Her former boyfriend Rafal Nowak, Anna Lagwinowicz and Tadevsz Dmytryszyn ad all denied the murder of the twenty three year old, but a jury today decided that they had committed the crime.

Rafal Nowak, Catherine's Boyfriend Credit: Avon & Somerset Police
Anna Lagwinowicz, Nowak's ex-lover Credit: Avon & Somerset Police
Tadevsz Dmytryszyn, Lagwinowicz's uncle Credit: Avon & Somerset Police


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Killers plot to leave false trail for investigators

The defendants had spent months leaving a false trail for detectives before the murder, creating fake profiles for Miss Wells-Burr on adult websites and sending texts to her phone from a supposed mystery lover.

Business graduate used a number of social networking websites and at first Nowak and Lagwinowicz had attempted to lure the 23-year-old into flirting with other men, by targeting her accounts with suggestive messages.

But their plan was thwarted when Catherine either ignored the messages or replied "I have a boyfriend, leave me alone".

The killers instead launched a number of fake profiles for Miss Wells-Burr to leave a false trail for officers investigating after her death.

After their arrest Anna Lagwinowicz made another attempt to cover her tracks from prison, attempting to send a fake anonymous letter to prosecutors that claimed Rafal Nowak had first tried to hire a hit man to kill her.

When this failed, the letter stated, he decided to murder Miss Wells-Burr instead and plant evidence to point the death squarely at Lagwinowicz's hands.

However her scheme backfired when prosecutors were told by her cell mate about the letter and instead used details contained in the note to compile further evidence for her prosecution.

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Family tribute to 'inspirational and beautiful Catherine'

The family of Catherine Wells-Burr said that they are "devastated by the betrayal" of Rafal Nowak who has been found guilty of her murder.

In a statement her family paid tribute to the. "inspirational, amazing, caring, kind, intelligent young woman."

Leanne, Phil and I are here today because of the cruel, callous, wicked, evil and sickening act of murder against "Our beautiful Catherine."

Catherine was an inspirational, amazing, caring, kind, intelligent young woman, who had her whole life ahead of her with so much potential after gaining her First Class Bachelor of Honours Degree in Business Management at Bath Spa University. We were all very proud of her and the person she had become.

The hatred shown to her has truly shocked us, especially the hatred shown by Rafal Nowak, a man who was meant to have loved her.

His betrayal to our family has devastated us. We treated him like a son and family member.

Anna Lagwinowicz has been devious, manipulative and calculating, her actions to create such sickening false profiles of Catherine demonstrate this and as a result these evil people have made us question our judge of character and trust in people - we trust no-one.

Our world as we knew it has fallen apart. Our lives used to be fun, full of laughter and love. We can see no future without "Our Beautiful Catherine". We are heart broken. No prison sentence will ever be enough. In this country life is not life and we feel it should be.

We are the ones facing the life sentence without her.


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Trio killed woman after months of plotting

A cheating Polish factory worker has been found guilty of murdering his British girlfriend after months of plotting with his jealous secret lover and her uncle.

Rafal Nowak, killed Catherine Wells-Burr as she slept at the couple's new home in Chard, Somerset.

His secret lover Anna Lagwinowicz, then joined her devoted uncle, Tadevsz Dmytryszyn, in dumping Miss Wells-Burr's body in her car at a nearby roadside and setting fire to it.

Catherine Wells-Burr was murdered by her boyfriend and two accomplices. Credit: ITV Westcountry

With her death the three defendants has hoped to secure a £123,000 life insurance payout and a half share of a £137,000 two-bedroom house.

The murder was the result of months of secret meetings and phone calls between Nowak and Lagwinowicz, with Miss Wells-Burr oblivious to her part in the so-called love triangle.

Wells-Burr conviction: How the jury voted

A jury has found three people guilty of the murder of Somerset woman Catherine Wells-Burr.

The 23-year-old was murdered by her boyfriend Rafal Nowak and two accomplices, who then burnt her body in her car.

  • Rafal Nowak, Catherine's Boyfriend - Jury voted unanimously
  • Anna Lagwinowicz, Nowak's ex lover - Jury voted with majority (10:2)
  • Tadevsz Dmytryszyn, uncle of Lagwinowyczm - Jury voted with majority (10:2)

Wells-Burr trial jury begin first day of deliberations

The jury in the Catherine Wells-Burr murder trial will begin their first full day of deliberations today.

The prosecution allege that the 23-year-old was murdered by her boyfriend Rafal Nowak and two accomplices, who then burnt her body in her car.

The wreckage was found near Ilminster in September last year. All three defendants deny the charges.

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