For Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe life will mean life!

There are some prisoners who receive the 'whole life' tariff and Peter Sutcliffe is one of them.

Peter Sutcliffe, who became known as the Yorkshire Ripper, was given a life sentence for each of the 13 women he murdered and for each of the 7 he attempted to murder.  Sutcliffe received these sentences back in 1981. 

In 2009 the High Court ordered that he must serve a 'whole life' tariff and last year he applied for leave to challenge the decision.

The Court of Appeal have rejected his application unanimously.

Lord Chief Justice, lord Judge, reached the decision that a 'whole life' tariff, meaning the prisoner will never be released, was the only appropriate sentence.

The guidelines, which set out how long murderers should spend in prison before being considered for parole, came about as a result of the Criminal Justice Act 2003.  The guidelines are there for judges to follow and if they do not they must give reasons for their departure from them.  The guidelines provide direction in the case of multiple murders and enables the trial judge to determine that the accused should serve a 'whole life' tariff where there have been aggravating factors.  The factors are where there is evidence of sexual abuse, pre-planning, abduction or terrorism.


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