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Ex-partner admits murdering nurse

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A paramedic from Preston has admitted stabbing his nurse ex-girlfriend to death when he attacked her in a hospital car park.

Jonathan Vass, 30, knifed Jane Clough, 26, as she returned to her car following a shift at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

She was taken to the accident and emergency unit where she worked just 100 yards away as her colleagues battled in vain to save her.

Vass, of Conway Drive, Preston, pleaded guilty at Preston Crown Court to murdering Miss Clough, of Barrowford, Lancashire, in July.

Judge Anthony Russell QC adjourned sentencing until 14 October. He told the defendant: “There is only one sentence the court can impose for a crime as horrific as this and that is a life sentence.

“All I have [left to do] is determine how long it will be before you are eligible for release.”

Vass had sat with his head bowed into his hands after he entered his plea. He was led from the dock in tears.

Vass was facing allegations at the time of the killing that he had raped the mother-of-one on several occasions. He had been released on bail pending a trial at Burnley Crown Court due to be held this month. The defendant had worked alongside Miss Clough before he was suspended and then eventually dismissed by ambulance chiefs.

Police were called to the hospital car park facing the A&E unit at 8.30pm on 25 July. A post-mortem examination showed the nurse died from multiple stab wounds.

Vass, who went on to work as a nightclub bouncer, was arrested the following morning in Barrowford. It is understood Vass had left his wife to set up home with Miss Clough in Camden Street, Barrowford, before they too separated.

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  • I rest my case!! when will my Trust take domestic violence seriously??? poor woman what a devastation.

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