A TRIPLE murderer from Hartlepool can be kept in jail for the rest of his life after a crucial ruling by the country’s top judges.
Arthur Hutchinson, who stabbed three members of a wealthy Sheffield family to death after breaking into their home in 1983, is one of around 50 prisoners currently serving whole life tariffs.
Hutchinson, now in his 70s, challenged his “life means life” tariff last year following a controversial ruling by European judges that it breaches human rights.
His case was brought following an appeal by three killers including Jeremy Bamber, who shot dead five members of his family in 1985.
The the European Court of Human Rights ruled last summer it was “inhuman and degrading” for prisoners to face death in jail.
But a panel of the UK’s five leading judges sitting at the Court of Appeal in London yesterday upheld whole life terms for the most heinous criminals.
Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said: “This is a timely and welcome decision. Our courts should be able to send the most brutal murderers to jail for the rest of their lives.
“I think people in Britain will be glad that our courts have disagreed with the European Court of Human Rights, and upheld the law that the UK Parliament has passed.”
Easington-born Hutchinson killed Basil and Avril Latiner and their son Richard at their £150,000 home in 1983.
The monster then dragged the murdered couple’s 18-year-old daughter, Nicola, into a wedding marquee and violently raped her.
He then went on the run sparking a national manhunt and was found around two weeks later near Greatham after telephoning his mother in Kelso Grove, Owton Manor.
Hutchinson was initially given an 18-year minimum, but the then home secretary Leon Brittan later ruled he should face the whole life tariff.
Five years ago, Hutchinson had a domestic appeal against whole life tariffs kicked out by the Court of Appeal in London.