A man who murdered his nurse ex-girlfriend while on bail for her rape wept as he was jailed for 30 years.
Jonathan Vass carried out a frenzied knife attack on Jane Clough, 26, as she crossed the staff car park to start her shift at the A&E department of Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
The 30 year-old ambulance technician and club bouncer killed Miss Clough to stop her from giving evidence after she accused him of repeated sexual abuse.
Preston Crown Court heard how he slit her throat before “casually” walking away.
She was rushed to the hospital’s accident and emergency department yards away but such were her injuries and “catastrophic” blood loss, medics did not initially realise the patient whose life they tried to save was their own colleague.
Vass carried out the attack as revenge after he was arrested and locked-up on 29 November last year for the alleged repeated rape of the young mother of his 11-month-old daughter, Imogen.
But 12 days later, the 17st bodybuilder was free after Judge Simon Newell granted bail, and after pleading guilty to murder will not be prosecuted over the rape allegations.
Miss Clough’s family protested outside court to criticise both decisions.
Her parents John and Penny Clough, stood with 20 other family and friends on the court steps wearing “Justice for Jane” T-shirts and badges, emblazoned with a smiling photo of their loved one and carrying home-made banners.
The hearing was told they felt the legal system had failed them.