Catherine Wells-Burr killers seek shorter jail term

Catherine Wells-Burr killers seek shorter jail term

Catherine Wells-Burr

Rafal Nowak

Anna Lagwinowicz

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TWO of the three polish nationals jailed for murdering Chard graduate Catherine Wells-Burr could see their sentences shortened, it has emerged.

Rafal Nowak, Anna Lagwinowicz and Tadevsz Dmytryszyn were each given 32-year jail terms in June last year, after being found guilty of murdering Catherine following a six-week trial.

Nowak, who was Catherine's boyfriend, Lagwinowicz, who was his ex-lover, and Dmytryszyn, Lagwinowicz's uncle, conspired to kill Catherine at her home in Willow Way in September 2012 and took her body in a car to a secluded spot in Ashill, where they set fire to the vehicle.

Now it has emerged that Nowak and Lagwinowicz have applied to serve the rest of their jail terms in Poland, which could see their sentences cut to 25 years.

Catherine's mother Jayne told ITV that she had only discovered the news after somebody told her that it had been reported on a Polish website.

Mrs Wells-Burr said: “Even our probation liaison officer didn't know of this. She rang the Home Office and it was confirmed.”

She said the discovery had left her “devastated”.

Catherine's father Philip told ITV that he and Jayne have written to the Prime Minister David Cameron, Home Secretary Teresa May, local MP David Laws, and Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens.

Mr Wells-Burr added: “They should serve their 32 years here, and then be deported.”

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4:02pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Blue Owl says...

I have no problem with them being deported to Poland, but they should face the Sentence that the Judge gave at the Trial........
The conditions I would think would be harsher in a Polish Jail, then at least we the British would not have to continue paying the Costs of their Jail Time.
I wonder just how much it costs to keep them in Prison??.
They snubbed out a beautiful, talented young ladies life, they deserve everything that comes their way, no soft option languishing in our soft cosy Prisons, with 3 meals a day, television, Gymnasium, Leisure activities, etc...
I have no problem with them being deported to Poland, but they should face the Sentence that the Judge gave at the Trial........ The conditions I would think would be harsher in a Polish Jail, then at least we the British would not have to continue paying the Costs of their Jail Time. I wonder just how much it costs to keep them in Prison??. They snubbed out a beautiful, talented young ladies life, they deserve everything that comes their way, no soft option languishing in our soft cosy Prisons, with 3 meals a day, television, Gymnasium, Leisure activities, etc... Blue Owl
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5:46pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Mi_Coc says...

This eu deal is mad we have been shafted for too long. 25000 polish people get child benefit for kids in Poland and we will be very unpopular if we change that but they can pick and choose what rules of ours they enforce.

Same as when they come here they get all our benefits not just the paid ones, they should honour our prison sentence.

We should match what they get over their no more.

Polish prison will be worse than ours and it will save us money but the senat ace should stand.

If not it's time we stopped following all the rules that suit the eu like free healthcare for anyone who happens to turn up here,.
This eu deal is mad we have been shafted for too long. 25000 polish people get child benefit for kids in Poland and we will be very unpopular if we change that but they can pick and choose what rules of ours they enforce. Same as when they come here they get all our benefits not just the paid ones, they should honour our prison sentence. We should match what they get over their no more. Polish prison will be worse than ours and it will save us money but the senat ace should stand. If not it's time we stopped following all the rules that suit the eu like free healthcare for anyone who happens to turn up here,. Mi_Coc
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1:08pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Mi_Coc says...

I suspected the only reason they have applied is some half wit legal aid lawyer has advised them they will get shorter sentences.

Its mad its seems we get the raw deal at everyturn when it comes to eu.

We have to stop trying to taek teh moral high ground and follow every rule, the rest of europe pick and choose what suits them. Notice how angry the polish primeminister got when camercon sugested stopping child benefit to polish children who dont live in the uk. We are made to look bad cameron needs to get on his soap box and state poland is soft on murders and wotn honour our prison sentences.
I suspected the only reason they have applied is some half wit legal aid lawyer has advised them they will get shorter sentences. Its mad its seems we get the raw deal at everyturn when it comes to eu. We have to stop trying to taek teh moral high ground and follow every rule, the rest of europe pick and choose what suits them. Notice how angry the polish primeminister got when camercon sugested stopping child benefit to polish children who dont live in the uk. We are made to look bad cameron needs to get on his soap box and state poland is soft on murders and wotn honour our prison sentences. Mi_Coc
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