Nurse killer in TV ‘hate’ outburst

Victim Jane Clough
Victim Jane Clough
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The father of a nurse who was murdered in a hospital car park has today hit out at her killer after he was filmed saying he “hated” his victim.

Jane Clough, 26, died following a frenzied knife attack in the car park of Blackpool Victoria Hospital at the hands of Jonathan Vass.

Vass, 31, from Conway Drive, Fulwood, who stabbed Jane 19 times in the brutal attack last July, was jailed for a minimum of 30 years.

But in a TV documentary called Strangeways, which started on ITV1 on Monday, Vass was shown studying newspaper coverage of his crime, during which he says: “I miss her, I feel empty but I hate her, I hate her so much.”

A prison nurse then says: “He has said he has no victim empathy whatsoever - he blames her.”

Today the former St Bede’s Primary School pupil’s dad John Clough, 50, who used to live in Whittle-le-Woods, branded Vass a “nobody” and told how he and his wife Penny, 51, are still trying to come to terms with their daughter’s death.

He said: “As far as I’m concerned, I have no interest in anything he has to say.

“He is a nobody to me. I hate his guts but I don’t care what he thinks. I care about him staying in jail.

“We have spoken to the producer of the programme who said that it just shows him as being a vile, obnoxious person. It shows him for what he is in truth.”

John and Penny have recently finished recording a new documentary, Someone’s Daughter, Someone’s Son, which is due to air on ITV in August.

The couple are keen to keep the former Brownedge St Mary’s High School student’s case in the headlines and try to force the authorities to learn lessons.

Vass stabbed Jane after being freed on bail despite being accused of nine counts of raping her while she was pregnant with his daughter.

Mr Clough added: “It does not get any easier. Time, certainly at this stage, makes no difference.

“You get more aggravated than anything at the inaction of the authorities, they don’t seem prepared to learn any lessons.

“Vass got her, but he only had the opportunity because he was granted bail despite all these rape and assault charges against him. An amendment to the Bail Act is something we are looking for.

“We try to cope from day to day because we still have grandchildren and other family and bills to pay. But you still wake up in the morning and think she should not be dead.”