Wells-Burr murder sentences could be shortened

Three people jailed for life for the murder of Catherine Wells-Burr from Somerset could see their sentences reduced.

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Catherine Wells-Burr's parents to meet Justice Minister

Two of Catherine Wells-Burr's killers want to serve their sentences in their native Poland. Credit: ITV West Country

The parents of murdered Somerset woman, Catherine Wells-Burr, are meeting the Justice Minister today to discuss a bid by two of their daughter's killers to serve their sentences in their native Poland.

Rafal Nowak and Anna Lagwinowicz were given jail terms of a minimum of 32 years for killing Catherine in Chard in 2012, but if served in Poland they could be released seven years earlier.

Petition to keep convicted murderers in UK reaches 2000

Rafal Nowak, Anna Lagwinowicz and Tadevsz Dmytryszyn have all applied to serve their sentences in Poland Credit: ITV News West Country

A petition to keep three people convicted of the murder of Catherine Wells Burr in the UK has reached more than two-thousand signatures. Rafal Nowak, Anna Lagwinowicz and Tadevsz Dmytryszyn have all applied to serve their sentences in Poland, which could see them released earlier.


'No parent should suffer the way we have' - mother

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."

– Jayne Wells-Burr, Catherine's mother

Sister left 'heartbroken' by 'sickening and cruel' murder

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."



Murder was 'dreadful, pitiless crime committed in cold blood'

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."

– Mrs Justice Sharp, Bristol Crown Court
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