Whole life jail terms breach human rights, rules European court


Some of Britain’s most notorious criminals could have their sentences reviewed after the European Court of Human Rights ruled whole life jail terms are a breach of human rights.

Murderers Jeremy Bamber, Douglas Vinter and Peter Moore have won an appeal saying their sentences amount to ‘inhuman and degrading’ treatment.

Life sentences must carry the possibility of release and a review to remain compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights, found the ECHR in a 16-1 decision.

But judges added that the court ‘did not intend to give the applicants any prospect of imminent release’.

The appeal was brought by Vinter, incarcerated for life after stabbing his wife to death in 2008. Its results could spell a review for the cases of Bamber, who shot five family members in 1985, and Moore, who mutilated and murdered four men ‘for fun’ in 1995, as well.

Current British law states inmates…

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