Barrow born killer given whole-life sentence
Last updated at 08:33, Wednesday, 19 February 2014
A BARROW born killer will remain behind bars for the rest of his life after leading judges gave a crucial ruling backing the use of whole-life sentences.
Judges increased the 40-year minimum prison term being served by killer Ian McLoughlin, who murdered a man while on day release, to a whole-life tariff.
McLoughlin was serving time in HMP Spring Hill, where he was serving a life term for the murder of Brighton barman Peter Halls whom he stabbed multiple times in 1992.
He had previously been jailed for the manslaughter of Len Delgatty, 49, in 1984, whom he hit over the head with a hammer before leaving his body in a cupboard.
A panel of five judges, headed by the Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas, announced their decision on controversial “life-means-life” orders at the Court of Appeal in London.
Sentencing in a number of high-profile criminal cases has been put on hold - including the terms to be handed out to soldier Lee Rigby’s murderers – pending the judgment.
The Government has said that whole-life tariffs are “wholly justified in the most heinous cases”.
Reacting to today’s ruling Attorney General Dominic Grieve said on Twitter: “I am pleased CoA (Court of Appeal) has confirmed those who commit the most heinous crimes can be sent to prison for the rest of their lives.”
Mr Grieve added: “As someone who has killed three times, Ian McLoughlin committed just such a crime, and following today's judgment he has received the sentence that crime required.
“I asked the Court of Appeal to look again at McLoughlin’s original sentence because I did not think that the European Court of Human Rights had said anything which prevented our courts from handing down whole life terms in the most serious cases.
“The Court of Appeal has agreed with me and today’s judgment gives the clarity our judges need when they are considering sentencing cases like this in the future.”
First published at 10:53, Tuesday, 18 February 2014
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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The taking of life,Murder-should mean a whole life sentence.
To take a life means that you should surrender yours in exchange.
If that is sharia law,then so be it.
Many family members grieve at losing a loved
one,but the killer,if he has got a good
Brief will get it reduced to manslaughter or
a lesser sentence. Murder is murder, should be for life.