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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.
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.
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.
Arthur Hutchinson is currently serving a whole life sentence for stabbing a couple to death at their home in Dore in Sheffield, then killing one of their sons and raping a woman. Today he is the first lifer in the UK to challenge the sentence following a European ruling against whole life tariffs.
This is the timeline of events leading to today's challenge.
- October 1983: Hutchinson murders a couple and their son, and rapes a woman following a wedding reception.
- September 1984: Hutchinson was jailed for life to serve a minimum of 18 years. He was later added to the Home Secretary's list of prisoners who would never be released.
- May 2008: His lawyers launch an appeal to his whole life sentence. It is rejected by the High Court.
- October 2008: A second appeal the sentence is also rejected.
- July 2013: Judges in Europe ruled that sentences that meant the prisoner would die in jail are "inhuman and degrading".
- 21 August 2013: Hutchinson becomes the first "lifer" to use the ruling to try and have his sentence declared a breach of human rights.
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.