Yorkshire Ripper to appeal whole-life term
Published 30/11/2010 | 05:00
Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe will challenge a High Court judge's order yesterday that he can never be released.
Mr Justice Mitting announced his decision in London on July 16, ruling that the serial killer of 13 women must serve a "whole life" tariff.
His case will be heard at the British Court of Appeal.
Now known as Peter Coonan, the ex-lorry driver, from Bradford, West Yorkshire, was convicted at the Old Bailey in 1981.
Sutcliffe, now 64, received 20 life terms for the murder of 13 women and the attempted murder of others.
Mr Justice Mitting, when giving his ruling, said the murderer had caused "widespread and permanent harm to the living".
He said: "This was a campaign of murder which terrorised the population of Yorkshire for several years.
"The only explanation for it, on the jury's verdict, was anger, hatred and obsession. Apart from a terrorist outrage, it is difficult to conceive of circumstances in which one man could account for so many victims. Those circumstances alone make it appropriate to set a whole life term."
The primary submission made on behalf of Sutcliffe was that the degree of his responsibility "was lowered by mental disorder or mental disability".