Bamber to have appeal heard

Jeremy Bamber and two other murderers are to have their appeal against being kept in prison for life on human rights grounds heard by the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights.

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Europe's Grand Chamber to hear life sentence appeals

In January, Europe's human rights judges ruled that Britain's most dangerous and notorious criminals could be kept behind bars for the rest of their lives.

The judges ruled that condemning people to die in jail was not "grossly disproportionate".

They said that each case London's High Court had "decided that an all-life tariff was required following a fair and detailed consideration".

That ruling will now be tested by the court's Grand Chamber after the appeal of Douglas Vinter, who stabbed his wife to death in 2008, was granted.

Vinter's appeal means the cases of Jeremy Bamber, who killed five family members in August 1985, and Peter Moore, who killed four gay men in 1995, will also be considered.

Bamber received a life sentence for the murders of five family members

Jeremy Bamber was convicted of killing five of his relatives in 1986 Credit: PA

Jeremy Bamber and two other murderers will have their appeal that keeping them behind bars for the rest of their lives is a breach of their human rights heard by the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights.

Bamber received a life sentence for shooting dead five members of his family in Essex in 1986.

He has always protested his innocence and claims his schizophrenic sister Sheila Caffell shot her parents and her six-year-old twin sons before turning the gun on herself.

Bamber has previously attempted to get his conviction overturned but it has been upheld several times.

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