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05 August 2010 :: 14:08:25 pm 34373

Yorkshire Ripper to Appeal Against His Sentence

Peter Sutcliffe, well known as the “Yorkshire Ripper” is to appeal against his 20 life sentences in a bid to taste freedom.
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England, the 5th August 2010, The Yorkshire Ripper, Peter Sutcliffe who murdered 13 young women and attempted to murder seven others during his reign of terror between 1975-1981 has launched a bid to challenge a High Court Judge’s decision that he can never be released from prison.

Sutcliffe, now 64 year of age who changed his name to his mothers’ maiden name of Coonan and a former lorry driver from Bradford, West Yorkshire was convicted at the Old Bailey in 1981.

The Judge ruled that Sutcliff must serve his whole sentence and die in prison after his rampage in and around Yorkshire and Manchester where he struck his victims from behind with weapons such as hammers before stabbing them to death.

He was arrested on a number of occasions and later released. His final arrest was for using false number plates on his car, which led police to questioning him regarding the murders. After intensive questioning over a period of two days, Sutcliffe admitted to being the Yorkshire Ripper.

During his trial, Sutcliff pleaded not guilty to 13 counts of murder, but claimed manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, saying that he was the tool of Gods’ will and claiming he heard voices while working as a grave digger where he was ordered to kill prostitutes.

Sutcliffe pleaded guilty to seven counts of attempted murder which the prosecution intended accepting after he was diagnosed with Paranoid Schizophrenia by four psychiatrists. However the trial judge Mr. Justice Boreham demanded an unusual detailed explanation of the prosecutions’ reasoning.

After a lot of deliberation and representation by the Attorney General Sir Michael Havers, the plea for diminished responsibility was thrown out and Mr. Justice Boreham insisted the case be dealt with by the jury.

The trial lasted 2 weeks and Sutcliffe was found guilty on all counts.

A spokesperson for the Judicial Communications Officer has confirmed that Sutcliffe has started his appeal.

High Court Judge Mr. Justice Mitting, when giving his ruling said the killer, Sutcliffe had caused “wide spread and permanent harm to the living.” “This was a campaign of murders which terrorized the population of a large part of Yorkshire for several years. The only explanation on the jury’s verdict was anger, hatred and obsession. Those circumstances alone make it appropriate to set a whole life term.”

No date has been fixed for a hearing.

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