Killer’s appeal - family speaks out

Basil Laitner murder case - 24th October 1983 Arthur Hutchinson murder suspect
Basil Laitner murder case - 24th October 1983 Arthur Hutchinson murder suspect
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European judges considering the case of a triple murderer who is the first Briton to challenge his full life tariff should be ‘thrust into our position for just a day’, the family of his victims from Sheffield have said.

Arthur Hutchinson was jailed in 1984 for stabbing Basil and Avril Laitner to death after breaking into their Dore home on the night of their daughter’s wedding, then killing one of their sons and repeatedly raping another wedding guest.

Hutchinson has lodged an appeal at the European Court of Human Rights following a controversial ruling last month that whole life tariffs breach human rights.

A spokesman for the Laitner family said: “Whenever even the name Arthur Hutchinson rears its ugly head, it does nothing but create fear and distress to the victims of this heinous crime.

“Let the Human Rights judiciary members be thrust into our position for just a day and maybe they would understand.

“We are confident justice will be done and, more importantly, be seen to be done, so this matter can finally be put to rest.”

The Strasbourg court ruled last month it was ‘inhuman and degrading’ for prisoners to face death in jail.

The judge at Hutchinson’s original 1984 trial at Sheffield Crown Court ruled Hutchinson should serve 18 years for triple murder and rape. Home Secretary Leon Brittan later ruled he should face the whole life tariff for his crimes.