Call for register to help protect stalkers’ victims

Jane Clough

John Clough

First published in News

A CAMPAIGNER whose daughter was murdered by an abusive ex-boyfriend has called for a stalkers’ register where potential victims can check their partner’s history.

John Clough, whose daughter Jane was murdered by her violent former lover while he was on bail for rape, claimed that despite new laws stalkers are ‘getting off with a slap on the wrist’ and victims need better protection.

His nurse daughter, 26, was stabbed 71 times as she walked into work by predator Jonathan Vass, who lay in wait for her, and cut her throat at the end of the frenzied attack.

She had ended their relationship and told police that he had raped and beaten her, but he was granted bail while facing nine counts of rape and four of assault and went on to kill.

Mr Clough, from Barrowford, said: “The idea of having a register that shows the previous history of these people has got to be a heads-up for victims.

“The courts have got powers under new stalking laws to lock people up for five years and we’re just not seeing proper use of these laws at all.

“Stalkers are still getting away with a slap on the wrist. The courts aren’t treating stalking with the seriousness it deserves.

“If a stalkers’ register could be given the same importance as the sex offenders’ register it would have a significant impact. Stalking is an act of terrorism against the victim.”

Vass had been reported for violent abuse in a previous relationship, and went on to stalk Jane.

Her father, 53, added: “Looking back at what he did to Jane and the text messages, constant phone calls and checking up on her, it was all stalker behaviour.

“After they split up, after she reported him, part of the bail conditions were that he couldn't go near her. But it came out in court that he had been following her to work, he had been stalking her from a distance.

“During the relationship he had this fixation of wanting to know where she was. A multitude of text messages every day to check where she was and what she was doing, who she was with. If she was having a meal with friends he would suddenly appear out of nowhere just to confirm that’s where she was.

“We would still like to see Vass in court for the rape cases.”

Since Jane’s murder on July 25, 2010, the family has successfully campaigned to get the law changed so that prosecutors can now appeal when suspects are granted bail.

Mr Clough and his wife Penny are both ambassadors for stalking support service Paladin, which has led calls for a stalkers register.

Laura Richards, CEO of Paladin, said: “Stalkers steal lives and take lives. In offending terms they are more akin to sex offenders.

“We have compared all civil and criminal protective orders available and none of them impose a positive obligation on a perpetrator to attend treatment programmes or notify police when they change their name, move to a different area, travel abroad or form new relationships.”

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5:24pm Mon 21 Jul 14

noddy57 says...

This young lady lost her life in such horrific circumstances and the evil **** who carried out the deed must never be allowed back into society . This ladies parents have done much in the way of new legislation to help make future potential victims have more of a chance of avoiding these stalkers and characters of questionable intentions that are hellbent on destroying their vulnerable victims.
This young lady lost her life in such horrific circumstances and the evil **** who carried out the deed must never be allowed back into society . This ladies parents have done much in the way of new legislation to help make future potential victims have more of a chance of avoiding these stalkers and characters of questionable intentions that are hellbent on destroying their vulnerable victims. noddy57
  • Score: 4

7:48pm Mon 21 Jul 14

barryinthailand says...

Sarah's Law.
Doesn't work, but why would you check out a potential partner? If you even feel the need to check them, they should be long gone.
Sarah's Law. Doesn't work, but why would you check out a potential partner? If you even feel the need to check them, they should be long gone. barryinthailand
  • Score: 4

8:09pm Mon 21 Jul 14

barryinthailand says...

Clare's Law.
Doesn't work, but why would you check out a potential partner? If you even feel the need to check them, they should be long gone
Clare's Law. Doesn't work, but why would you check out a potential partner? If you even feel the need to check them, they should be long gone barryinthailand
  • Score: 0

8:57pm Mon 21 Jul 14

The Seagull has landed says...

barryinthailand wrote:
Sarah's Law.
Doesn't work, but why would you check out a potential partner? If you even feel the need to check them, they should be long gone.
Yes I'll have that, but it's important to have the choice if people wish to go down that route.
[quote][p][bold]barryinthailand[/bold] wrote: Sarah's Law. Doesn't work, but why would you check out a potential partner? If you even feel the need to check them, they should be long gone.[/p][/quote]Yes I'll have that, but it's important to have the choice if people wish to go down that route. The Seagull has landed
  • Score: 3

7:08am Tue 22 Jul 14

BuckoTheMoose says...

Another register? Another way for women to snoop on men? Another way to drive a wedge of distrust through the sexes?

John Clough has already messed with the bail laws. Continuing the crusade with another 'bad person' register would be just as wrong. Quit while you're ahead.

Or:

""The courts have got powers under new stalking laws to lock people up for five years and we’re just not seeing proper use of these laws at all. ""

campaign for the existing laws to be used. Doesn't that make more sense than complaining the law isn't being used so we need another one?
Another register? Another way for women to snoop on men? Another way to drive a wedge of distrust through the sexes? John Clough has already messed with the bail laws. Continuing the crusade with another 'bad person' register would be just as wrong. Quit while you're ahead. Or: ""The courts have got powers under new stalking laws to lock people up for five years and we’re just not seeing proper use of these laws at all. "" campaign for the existing laws to be used. Doesn't that make more sense than complaining the law isn't being used so we need another one? BuckoTheMoose
  • Score: 1

9:43am Tue 22 Jul 14

The Seagull has landed says...

BuckoTheMoose wrote:
Another register? Another way for women to snoop on men? Another way to drive a wedge of distrust through the sexes?

John Clough has already messed with the bail laws. Continuing the crusade with another 'bad person' register would be just as wrong. Quit while you're ahead.

Or:

""The courts have got powers under new stalking laws to lock people up for five years and we’re just not seeing proper use of these laws at all. ""

campaign for the existing laws to be used. Doesn't that make more sense than complaining the law isn't being used so we need another one?
Messed with the bail laws? That's an incredibly disrespectful thing to say considering the reasons why he campaigned so tirelessly for their change.
You make it sound like he fancied altering them just for the hell of it.
Utter moron.
[quote][p][bold]BuckoTheMoose[/bold] wrote: Another register? Another way for women to snoop on men? Another way to drive a wedge of distrust through the sexes? John Clough has already messed with the bail laws. Continuing the crusade with another 'bad person' register would be just as wrong. Quit while you're ahead. Or: ""The courts have got powers under new stalking laws to lock people up for five years and we’re just not seeing proper use of these laws at all. "" campaign for the existing laws to be used. Doesn't that make more sense than complaining the law isn't being used so we need another one?[/p][/quote]Messed with the bail laws? That's an incredibly disrespectful thing to say considering the reasons why he campaigned so tirelessly for their change. You make it sound like he fancied altering them just for the hell of it. Utter moron. The Seagull has landed
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11:52am Tue 22 Jul 14

BuckoTheMoose says...

The Seagull has landed wrote:
BuckoTheMoose wrote:
Another register? Another way for women to snoop on men? Another way to drive a wedge of distrust through the sexes?

John Clough has already messed with the bail laws. Continuing the crusade with another 'bad person' register would be just as wrong. Quit while you're ahead.

Or:

""The courts have got powers under new stalking laws to lock people up for five years and we’re just not seeing proper use of these laws at all. ""

campaign for the existing laws to be used. Doesn't that make more sense than complaining the law isn't being used so we need another one?
Messed with the bail laws? That's an incredibly disrespectful thing to say considering the reasons why he campaigned so tirelessly for their change.
You make it sound like he fancied altering them just for the hell of it.
Utter moron.
I know exactly why he campaigned for change. That doesn't automatically make it right. It doesn't make my comments disrespectful either.
[quote][p][bold]The Seagull has landed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BuckoTheMoose[/bold] wrote: Another register? Another way for women to snoop on men? Another way to drive a wedge of distrust through the sexes? John Clough has already messed with the bail laws. Continuing the crusade with another 'bad person' register would be just as wrong. Quit while you're ahead. Or: ""The courts have got powers under new stalking laws to lock people up for five years and we’re just not seeing proper use of these laws at all. "" campaign for the existing laws to be used. Doesn't that make more sense than complaining the law isn't being used so we need another one?[/p][/quote]Messed with the bail laws? That's an incredibly disrespectful thing to say considering the reasons why he campaigned so tirelessly for their change. You make it sound like he fancied altering them just for the hell of it. Utter moron.[/p][/quote]I know exactly why he campaigned for change. That doesn't automatically make it right. It doesn't make my comments disrespectful either. BuckoTheMoose
  • Score: 0

9:23pm Tue 22 Jul 14

hairy mary says...

They showed this Jonathan vass on tv about strange ways andhe tried to portray he was innocent I say bring back hanging for this evil murderer lets hope he gets his come up pence
They showed this Jonathan vass on tv about strange ways andhe tried to portray he was innocent I say bring back hanging for this evil murderer lets hope he gets his come up pence hairy mary
  • Score: 1

2:40am Wed 23 Jul 14

PDonalds says...

Victims of stalking need much more than 'tips' or a piece of paper. They need trained volunteers and staff to work with them and the police to help document and record the stalking acitivtiy and hold stalkers accountable before damages and/or violence occur. They need a "Stalking Unit" in the local police departments. In the U.S.A., urge your local police, city, county agencies, and legislators to co-ordinate with the federal level for funding. http://www.grants.go
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Victims of stalking need much more than 'tips' or a piece of paper. They need trained volunteers and staff to work with them and the police to help document and record the stalking acitivtiy and hold stalkers accountable before damages and/or violence occur. They need a "Stalking Unit" in the local police departments. In the U.S.A., urge your local police, city, county agencies, and legislators to co-ordinate with the federal level for funding. http://www.grants.go v PDonalds
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7:14am Wed 23 Jul 14

BuckoTheMoose says...

PDonalds wrote:
Victims of stalking need much more than 'tips' or a piece of paper. They need trained volunteers and staff to work with them and the police to help document and record the stalking acitivtiy and hold stalkers accountable before damages and/or violence occur. They need a "Stalking Unit" in the local police departments. In the U.S.A., urge your local police, city, county agencies, and legislators to co-ordinate with the federal level for funding. http://www.grants.go

v
You're talking about more NGOs paid for out of more tax payers cash for another special victims group.

We don't need more laws, more registers, more 'Third Sector' professionals becoming involved and more tax payers money being spent.

The police and courts have the power to deal with the issue already. They need to use that power. No extra cash, no more jobs for the sector, no more laws.

Just begin to use what we already have.
[quote][p][bold]PDonalds[/bold] wrote: Victims of stalking need much more than 'tips' or a piece of paper. They need trained volunteers and staff to work with them and the police to help document and record the stalking acitivtiy and hold stalkers accountable before damages and/or violence occur. They need a "Stalking Unit" in the local police departments. In the U.S.A., urge your local police, city, county agencies, and legislators to co-ordinate with the federal level for funding. http://www.grants.go v[/p][/quote]You're talking about more NGOs paid for out of more tax payers cash for another special victims group. We don't need more laws, more registers, more 'Third Sector' professionals becoming involved and more tax payers money being spent. The police and courts have the power to deal with the issue already. They need to use that power. No extra cash, no more jobs for the sector, no more laws. Just begin to use what we already have. BuckoTheMoose
  • Score: 0

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