Multiple murderer told he must die in prison

ARTHUR Hutchinson, serving life for murdering a bride's father, mother and brother, after a wedding reception at their home has been told he must die in prison.

Hutchinson, now in his 60s, was convicted in 1984 of the savage knife murders of solicitor Basil Laitner, his wife Avril and their son, Richard, at their home in the Sheffield suburb of Dore.

Hartlepool-born Hutchinson, who nicknamed himself The Fox, is one of only a small number of British murders who had been told by the Home Secretary that, in their cases, "life means life" and they should never be released.

Today, after reviewing the case at London's High Court, Mr Justice Tugendhat ruled there was "no reason at all" for disagreeing with the Home Secretary that Hutchinson must die in jail.

The judge at his trial had recommended a minimum jail term of just 18 years. But, when asked to restate his view, the judge had said it was "genuinely a life case".

The then Lord Chief Justice, Lord Lane, said in 1988: "I do not think that this man should ever be released, quite apart from the risk which would be involved".

And the Home Secretary agreed that, in Hutchinson's case, "life means life".

Through his solicitors, Hutchinson had told Mr Justice Tugendhat that the Home Secretary's involvement in setting his minimum jail term - along with the "whole life" tariff itself - amounted to violations of his fundamental human rights.

He tried to convince the judge his tariff should be reduced to 18 years, as recommended by the trial judge who heard all the evidence.

But Mr Justice Tugendhat refused to grant Hutchinson an oral hearing of his bid to overturn his whole life tariff.

The judge concluded: "There is no reason at all for departing from the decision of the Home Secretary.

"These were exceptionally serious murders and it is right that Hutchinson should remain prison for the rest of his life by way of punishment. I so order".

The unemployed 42-year-old was on-the-run for rape at the time of the killings.

He entered the Laitner's 100,000 house on Sunday, October 23 - the day Mr and Mrs Laitner's eldest daughter Suzanne had wed.

Richard was the first to be targeted, stabbed in the neck and back as he lay in bed. His father, who had gone upstairs to investigate the noise, was stabbed in the chest, and his mother then endured the longest and bloodiest struggle as she bravely put up a barehanded fight against her attacker.

Jeremy Bamber, serving life for killing five members of his family in 1985, must never be released from prison, a judge decided today.

In a written decision to be communicated to Bamber, who had asked for a specific minimum term to be set to give him some hope of parole, Mr Justice Tugendhat said: "In my judgment, you ought to spend the whole of the rest of your life in prison, and I so order."

Bamber, now 47, who continues to maintain his innocence, was found guilty of shooting his wealthy adoptive parents, June and Nevill, his sister Sheila Caffell, and her six-year-old twin sons Daniel and Nicholas at their farmhouse in Tolleshunt D'Arcy, Essex, in August 1985.

The prosecution alleged he had murdered them out of greed, hoping to inherit a 500,000 fortune.

But Bamber, who has lost two appeals, consistently argued his sister, a model known as Bambi, who had a history of mental illness, killed her family before turning the gun, a .22 semi-automatic rifle, on herself.