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Triple murderer Arthur Hutchinson first to appeal 'life means life' sentence

Arthur Hutchinson was jailed in 1984 for triple murder. Photo: PA/PA Wire

A rapist who murdered a couple and their son, on the night of their daughter's wedding, has become the first person in Britain to appeal over a 'life means life' sentence.

Arthur Hutchinson's appeal follows a European court ruling that a 'whole life tariff' breaches human rights.

Hutchinson was jailed in 1984 for stabbing Basil and Avril Laitner to death after breaking into their Sheffield home on the night of their daughter's wedding, then killing one of their sons and repeatedly raping another wedding guest.

Hutchinson has launched the appeal to the European Court of Human Rights following last month's controversial ruling that whole life tariffs breach human rights.

The relatives of Hutchinson's victims say if the human rights judiciary members were put in their position for one day, they may realise the impact of his crimes:

Whenever even the name Arthur Hutchinson rears its ugly head, it does nothing but create fear and distress to the victims of this heinous crime.

Let the human rights judiciary [ECHR] members be thrust into our position for just a day and maybe they would understand this.

We are confident that justice will be done, and more importantly, be seen to be done so that this matter can finally be put to rest.

– Laitner family statement