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.
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