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Funeral takes place of victim in burning car

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: February 02, 2013

Four months after the body of a university graduate was discovered in a burning car on the side of a road, her funeral has taken place.

The family of Catherine Wells-Burr gathered at St Mary's Church, in her home village of Chard, Somerset, to say their final goodbye.

The body of the 23-year-old business analyst was discovered by firefighters in a burning Ford Focus beside the A358 at Ashill, near Ilminster, on September 12 last year. Her body has only just been released for burial after a police investigation.

Mourners joined Miss Wells-Burr's parents, Phil and Jayne, and her sister, Leanne, for the service. The wooden coffin was adorned with white flowers as it was carried into the church by four pallbearers. An order of service said: "A service of thanksgiving for our beautiful Catherine."

Miss Wells-Burr, who was known as Caf, gained a first-class degree in business management at Bath Spa University. She then went to work for Chard-based Numatic International, known for the Henry vacuum cleaners.

Miss Wells-Burr's boyfriend, Rafal Piotr Nowak, 31, has been jointly charged with her murder along with his former partner Anna Julia Lagwinowicz, 32, and Tadevsz Dmytryszyn, 38.

Polish nationals Nowak, of Willow Way, Chard, Lagwinowicz, of South Street, Taunton, and Dmytryszyn, of Holway Avenue, Taunton, have all denied the murder.

A trial date has been set for April 10 at Bristol Crown Court.

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