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Euro court ruling could see Bamber set free in future

A ruling by the European Court could mean multiple murderers like Jeremy Bamber might one day walk free from prison.

Bamber was told by Britain's Home Secretary that he would never be released from prison, after being convicted in 1986 of murdering five members of his own family at Tolleshunt D'Arcy near Maldon in Essex.

The European Court of Human Rights has now ruled that so-called whole life sentences are illegal and that has outraged politicians, as well as members of Bamber's own family.

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Essex MP condemns Euro court ruling on Bamber

The MP for the area of Essex where Jeremy Bamber killed five members of his family has condemned a decision by the European Court of Human Rights which ruled against the killer's whole life sentence.

The Conservative MP for Witham, Priti Patel, said it should not be the business of European courts or European judges to interfere in decisions made by British courts.

Ms Patel said: "It demonstrates how out of touch the European Court is and how arrogant the European judges are to meddle in the court process in British courts."

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Bamber: Court decision is in many ways hollow

A statement from Jeremy Bamber, who maintains his innocence to this day, has appeared on his blog, following today's European Court of Human Rights ruling.

It read: "I am the only person in the UK who was retrospectively given a life tariff on a majority verdict that maintains innocence.

"The verdict today seems in so many ways to be hollow, as I am still serving a prison sentence for a crime I did not commit.

Jeremy Bamber was jailed for life for the murder of five members of his family. Credit: Andrew Hunter/PA Wire

"My whole life order has now been given a system of reviews, but there is no provision for someone who is wrongly convicted to prove that they are worthy of release, such hope is in reality, no hope at all.

"Reviews and parole hearings are subject to a risk assessment to gauge dangerousness and this is influenced by the inmate's confession, remorse and rehabilitation for reintegration back into the community. In my case I do not fit the criteria for parole on this basis.

"The justice system, despite the investment in the Criminal Cases Review Commission, still refuses to accept that there are prisoners who are innocent of the crimes they have been convicted of and this comes into conflict with sentence reviews.

"While there are some people who have been released at the end of their sentence and still maintained innocence, such as Eddie Gilfoyle and Susan May, it is unlikely I would ever be released without my conviction being overturned...Simply because of the high profile nature of my case.

"As is always, the law does not apply if it assists me in anyway."

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Bamber still maintains his innocence

Jeremy Bamber at an earlier Appeal Court hearing Credit: ITV News

Writing on his blog, Essex murderer Jeremy Bamber is maintaining is innocence. He was convicted of killing five members of his family in 1986.

Despite winning an appeal over whole life sentences at the European Court of Human Rights he says "it is unlikely I will ever be released without my conviction being overturned."

“I am the only person in the UK who was [retrospectively] given a life tariff on a majority verdict that maintains innocence. The verdict today seems in so many ways to be hollow, as I am still serving a prison sentence for a crime I did not commit."

"My whole life order has now been given a system of reviews, but there is no provision for someone who is wrongly convicted to prove that they are worthy of release, such hope is in reality, no hope at all."

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Court rules Bamber's whole life sentence breaches human rights

Jeremy Bamber who killed five members of his family in Essex has won a Human Rights appeal over a whole life sentence

European judges have ruled that whole-life jail terms without the possibility of review amount to a breach of human rights.

Jeremy Bamber, who killed five members of his family in Essex, and two other killers, have won an appeal in the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights that their sentences amount to inhuman and degrading treatment.

The court found that for a life sentence to remain compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights there had to be both a possibility of release and a possibility of review.

However, the panel of 17 judges added: "In finding a violation in this case, however, the court did not intend to give the applicants any prospect of imminent release."

Bamber loses latest appeal

Jeremy Bamber Credit: ITVAnglia

Jeremy Bamber has lost his latest bid to overturn his convictions for the murder of five of his relatives in Essex 25 years ago.

Bamber went to the High Court today to challenge a refusal by the Criminal Cases Review Commission, the independent body which investigates possible miscarriages of justice, to refer his case back to the Court of Appeal.

The 51 year old, together with two other murderers are involved in a European court battle against their "whole-life" prison terms.

Family killer Bamber launches new appeal

Jeremy Bamber, who was jailed for killing five members of his family in Essex has continued his court battle against "whole-life" jail terms

Jeremy Bamber, who was jailed for killing five members of his family in Essex, and two other murderers have continued their court battle against "whole-life" jail terms, which give prisoners no chance of release.

It's the latest in a series of appeals by Bamber who was convicted of killing his adoptive parents, sister and her two young children in 1985.

Lawyers urged judges in Strasbourg to rule that UK law allowing the most dangerous offenders to be kept behind bars until they die breaches their human rights. Their verdict will be announced next year.

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