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.

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Triple murderer's legal timeline

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.

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