The father of murdered Pendle nurse Jane Clough has called for a “stalkers’ register” where potential victims can check their partner’s history.
John Clough – whose daughter Jane was murdered by ex-partner Jonathan Vass – claimed that despite new laws, stalkers are “getting off with a slap on the wrist” and victims need better protection.
Vass repeatedly stabbed Jane in July, 2010 on the car park of a Blackpool hospital after she ended their relationship and told police that he had raped and beaten her.
He was sentenced to life imprisonment.
Mr Clough, of Stonecroft, 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 off 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. The people who are carrying out these offences statistically are serial perpetrators.”
Vass had been reported for violent abuse in a previous relationship.
John said: “What he did to Jane was all stalker behaviour. He had been following her to work, stalking her from a distance.”