Triple murder appeal

A triple murderer from Yorkshire has launched the first challenge against a "whole life" sentence. Arthur Hutchinson stabbed a wealthy couple and their son to death after breaking into their home in Sheffield 1985, and then raped a woman.

Report: Killer challenges life sentence

A notorious killer who murdered three members of the same Sheffield family 30 years ago has become the first prisoner to challenge his "life means life" sentence after a ruling by European judges.

Arthur Hutchinson has launched an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights after it said it was inhuman and degrading for someone to die in jail.

But surviving members of the family he destroyed say Hutchinson's appeal does nothing but create fear and distress to his victims. David Hirst reports.

Murderer's appeal: Victims' family statement

Relatives of the victims of a triple murderer in Sheffield say they are confident justice will be done over his appeal to overturn his whole life sentence.

Arthur Hutchinson killed Basil and Avril Laitner and their son, and raped a woman after their daughter's wedding reception at home in Dore in 1983.

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 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 be finally put to rest.

– Laitner family statement

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Calendar Archive: 1983 triple murder in Sheffield

A prisoner who killed three members of the same family in Sheffield is launching the first appeal against his whole life sentence after a European ruling said such tariffs are "inhumane and degrading".

Arthur Hutchinson carried out his attack on a couple and their son at a house in Dore on the night of their daughter's wedding in October 1983. This is how Calendar reported the story at the time.

Triple murderer launches first 'whole life' sentence appeal

A murderer who killed three people in Yorkshire has launched the first challenge against a "whole life" sentence after an EU ruling which said a tariff forcing murderers to die in jail was “inhuman and degrading”, following an appeal by three killers.

The Daily Telegraph reports that Arthur Hutchinson, serving a “whole life” tariff for stabbing a wealthy couple and their son to death after breaking into their home in 1985, and then raping a woman, is to attempt to have his sentence declared a breach of his human rights.