The family of Catherine Wells-Burr has written to the Prime Minister after hearing her killers could end up serving a shorter sentence.Read the full story ›
There is a special bond between a mother and daughter. She was my best friend. I didn't get a chance to say goodbye, or 'love you', or to hear her say 'love you mummy'. I will never see her beautiful face again. A parent should be able to say goodbye to her child. This was all all denied by the horrible way she left burning. No parent should suffer the way we have."
She was not just my sister but she was my best friend and the thought of growing up without her breaks my heart. She was so special to mum, and dad and me. To think we have to try to carry on living without her is so hard. I don't trust anyone. She was so young and had so much to achieve in her life. To know these three people are capable of doing this is sickening, to burn her to the ground and carry on thinking it is ok is so cruel. Catherine did nothing but love him."
You murdered a fine young woman with everything to live for for money.
Rafal Nowak, the images of you leading Catherine by the hand the evening before her death buying items for what you knew was her last meal are utterly chilling. Your only emotions have been for yourself.
Anna Lagwinowicz, your conduct has been deceitful, manipulative and cruel. You played your full part in this wicked crime.
So did you Tadevsz Dmytryszyn.
This was a murder with the expectation of gain. There were significant aggravating factors and no mitigation."
The three people convicted of killing Catherine Wells-Burr in Chard in Somerset have been sentenced to life imprisonment.
Her former boyfriend Rafal Nowak, Anna Lagwinowicz and Tadevsz Dmytryszyn will have to spend a minimum of 32 years behind bars.
The three people convicted of killing Catherine Wells-Burr will be sentenced later today.
Her former boyfriend Rafal Nowak, Anna Lagwinowicz and Tadevsz Dmytryszyn had all denied the murder of the twenty three year old, but a jury decided that they had committed the crime.
It was a huge police effort to convict the three - with more than a thousand statements taken and more than three hundred vehicles traced which had passed the layby on the A358 where Catherine's body was found.
Forensic investigations played a key part in their conviction.
Ian Axton reports:
For the family of Catherine Wells-Burr today's verdict has come as a huge relief. They've been in court for much of the eight weeks of the trial.
We heard a little earlier their reaction outside court, shortly after the jury delivered its verdicts.
Jayne and Phillip Wells-Burr spoke to ITV Westcountry about their daughter.
Det Insp Simon Crisp from Avon & Somerset Police:
Catherine Wells-Burr's family gave a statement to the media after three people were convicted of her murder today: