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A convicted triple murderer from Hartlepool has become the first person in Britain to launch an appeal to the European Court.
Arthur Hutchinson is claiming that the whole-of-life sentence he received is a breach of his human rights.
Hutchinson is behind bars for the murder of a couple and their son in 1983.
Now judges in Europe have ruled that sentences that mean offenders will die in jail are inhuman. But the appeal has caused widespread criticism.
Frances Read reports.
Relatives of the victims of the convicted murderer Arthur Hutchinson have said they are confident his attempt to get his 'whole life' sentence reduced will fail in court.
Hutchinson has launched a challenge against his tariff after the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that such sentences are "inhuman and degrading".
Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has said he profoundly disagrees with a recent ruling by the European Court of Human Rights that 'whole life' sentences are "inhuman".
A triple murderer 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.
These included Jeremy Bamber, who killed five members of his family in 1985.
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.
Legal experts feared the initial challenge by Bamber and two other killers would lead to a deluge of similar claims, at great expense to the taxpayer, by all 49 killers and rapists serving whole life tariffs, as well as other murderers handed long sentences.
A triple murderer, originally from Hartlepool, has launched a legal challenge against spending the rest of his life in prison.
Arthur Hutchinson stabbed a wealthy couple and their son to death after breaking into their home in 1985.
He is now attempting to have his sentence declared a breach of his human rights.
Hutchinson's appeal come after an EU ruling said a tariff forcing murderers to die in jail was "inhuman and degrading."