Saturday 16 December 2017

Yorkshire Ripper challenges ruling that he can never get out of prison

Cathy Gordon in London

Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe has launched a bid to challenge a High Court judge's order 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.

A spokeswoman for the Judicial Communications Office confirmed yesterday that he had started appeal moves.

She said: "I can now confirm that an application for leave to appeal the whole life order by Mr Justice Mitting has been lodged with the Court of Appeal."

Now known as Peter Coonan, the former lorry driver, now 64, from Bradford, West Yorkshire, was convicted at the Old Bailey in 1981.

No date has been fixed for a hearing. Sutcliffe received 20 life terms for the murder of 13 women and the attempted murder of others in Yorkshire and Greater Manchester.

Mr Justice Mitting, when giving his ruling, said the murderer had caused "widespread and permanent harm to the living".

Sutcliffe is being held in Broadmoor top security psychiatric hospital after being transferred in 1984 suffering from paranoid schizophrenia.

Irish Independent

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