Whole Life Tariff

Fresh inquest into Stephen Port murders to examine police probe, court told

Families of the victims of serial killer Stephen Port have been told a fresh inquest into their deaths will focus on possible failings in the police investigation. But the Old Bailey was told it would not be lawful to investigate the conduct of another coroner who previously failed to identify foul play in the deaths […]

Lifer out on Licence murdered again Inquest hears

A convicted killer went on to murder a 65-year-old property developer in South Yorkshire after being released from prison on licence at medium risk, an inquest has heard. John Gogarty was murdered at his home address in Marsh Street, Wombwell, Barnsley, by Ian Birley in 2015. A coroner heard on Tuesday how Birley was on licence at […]

Whole life tariff for child killer and his 20 year campaign of sexual violence

A convicted child murderer has been told he will die in prison by a judge who described his “20-year campaign of rape and sexual assaults against children and women, fuelled by a sadistic desire to inflict pain for sexual gratification”. John Taylor, 62, was serving a life sentence with a minimum tariff of 30 years following his […]

Whole life sentence to be re-examined

A triple killer’s claim that his whole-life prison sentence breaches his human rights is to be re-examined by European judges. Arthur Hutchinson’s case will be considered again after it was referred to the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Earlier this year a judgment from the Strasbourg court ruled that there […]

European Court Rules Whole Life Sentences Lawful

Triple killer Arthur Hutchinson, who murdered three members of the same family in Sheffield, has lost his challenge at the European Court of Human Rights against his whole-life prison sentence. The judgment is the latest development in the protracted legal wrangle over “life means life” terms. Hutchinson was jailed in 1984 for stabbing wealthy couple […]

Whole Life sentences for police or prison officer killers

Criminals who kill police or prison officers in the course of duty are to face whole-life jail sentences. Changes to the law by the Ministry of Justice will mean judges will start by considering a whole-life tariff when deciding the sentence for killing either a police or prison officer in the course of their duty, […]

Lee Rigby Murderers Sentenced Today

Wednesday February 26, 2014. Sentencing was delayed by Mr Justice Sweeney to allow time for a specially-constituted court to decide if “whole-life” tariffs can still be handed to criminals who have committed the very worst of crimes. Mr Justice Sweeney’s move was a clear signal that a whole-life order – that is, sentenced to life […]

‘Whole Life’ Sentences Lawful Says Court – But ‘Right Wing’ Say Critics –

Leading judges gave a crucial ruling backing the use of whole-life sentences today – which was criticised as ‘right wing’ by commentators. A panel of five judges, headed by the Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas, announced their decision on controversial “life-means-life” orders at the Court of Appeal in London. The judges increased the 40-year minimum […]