Friday, July 20, 2012

Jeremy Bamber's claims Life sentence for murdering family is 'inhuman and degrading' as he launches fresh bid for freedom in human rights court

Mass killer Jeremy Bamber is to appeal against the decision to put him behind bars for the rest of his life because it is 'inhuman and degrading,' it was revealed today.

In November the 51-year-old, who murdered his parents, his sister and her two children in 1985, will have his case heard in Strasbourg's Grand Chamber, the appeal court of the European Court of Human Rights.

Two other British killers will also appeal in cases that will test whether the UK’s law allowing the most dangerous offenders to be sentenced to whole life tariffs, with almost no chance of release, is cruel.

Bamber has appealed again after Europe’s human rights judges ruled in January that Britain’s most notorious criminals could be kept behind bars for the rest of their lives.

The European Court of Human Rights held by four votes to three that there had been no violation of Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which is enshrined in UK law under the Human Rights Act and prohibits 'inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment'.

Condemning people to die in jail was not 'grossly disproportionate' and in each case London’s High Court had 'decided that an all-life tariff was required, relatively recently and following a fair and detailed consideration', the judges ruled.

This will now be tested by the court’s Grand Chamber after a panel of five judges also granted the appeal by killer Douglas Vinter, who stabbed his wife in February 2008.

Peter Moore's sentence, handed down after he killed four gay men for his sexual gratification in 1995, will also be considered by the Grand Chamber judges. Read More