Murder victim's family await verdict

By Leon Symons, May 22, 2008

A North London couple fighting for justice for their murdered son face an anxious wait before finding out whether their five-year ordeal is at an end.

Murdered: Giles Van Cole

Irwin and Corinne Van Colle have this week sat patiently through a four-day House of Lords appeal granted to Hertfordshire Constabulary and due to finish yesterday.

The police force sought to overturn two judgments that they had failed to protect the couple’s optician son Giles, who was murdered by a former employee in November 2000, to stop him giving evidence in a theft trial.

The appeal was heard by five law lords, including Lord Phillips, the Lord Chief Justice, and Lord Bingham, a former Lord Chief Justice and Master of the Rolls and Britain’s senior law lord.

They were reserving their judgment.

Last updated: 8:17am, May 28 2008