'Compensate families despite convictions' call
AN ONLINE petition has been set up calling for compensation rules for the families of murder victims to change.
As reported, the family of Wayne Brown, who was murdered in Patchway on Rodway Road in January last year, has been refused compensation by the national Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).
One of the criteria that precludes compensation being awarded is if a victim had previous convictions. Mr Brown, 25, was serving a community order when he was stabbed by Steven Vice on Rodway Road, and had two other convictions for theft.
After hearing about the failed compensation claim, Patchway resident Carly Lockie, 27, of Larch Way, gathered about 150 signatures and has now started an online petition.
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It reads: "We, members of the community of Patchway, want the law to be changed regarding compensation given to families who have had a member of the family murdered who had minor convictions and are not entitled to compensation because of this."
Mr Brown's mum Wendy Mitchell said compensation, capped at £11,000, would pay for a headstone and give his son Ashton, four, a start in life.
Vice is serving life in prison.
To sign the new petition, visit http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/is-this-right.html.