If you want human rights you must behave like a human
It’s our human right to have the chance of freedom, claim notorious killers sentenced to die in prison
Three notorious murderers sentenced to die in jail are demanding their ‘human right’ to be considered for freedom.
In an explosive move, the unelected European Court of Human Rights has agreed to hear the cases, putting Strasbourg on a collision course with the UK Government and enraging victims.
Each killer committed crimes so serious they were handed a ‘whole life’ sentence by the courts.
But Jeremy Bamber, Peter Moore and Douglas Vinter argue these should be subject to ‘regular review’ to prove they have reformed.
Can they understand that their actions, their abuse of freedom and their choice to destroy others is what caused them to lose their ‘rights’? How can they not get that? How can anyone else support them in this fight?
They say condemning them to die in jail amounts to ‘inhuman or degrading treatment’ and breaches their right to a fair trial.
Murdering others is inhuman and degrading. THEY chose to do that now you have your ‘rewards’! If the shoe fits wear it.
They gave up the rights they claim to be in violation when they proved themselves to be severe threats to society in general. These individuals chose to act in a way that severely violated the rights of those that they killed, those that cared for and knew the people that they killed and society by causing fear. These individuals made the decisions they did and chose to give up their rights.
If the court rules in their favour, every one of the 41 ‘whole life’ killers behind bars is handed a chance to get out.
This is insane. The worst of the worst will be given the chance to again walk the streets. Even the chance is a horrifying prospect.
The case has provoked fury from ministers, who have pledged to fight the ruling ‘tooth and nail’.
I hope that the public also fights to make sure that serial killers do not get released back into their societies. The public needs to protest loudly against this. They can not simply hope that the worst will never actually be released because the chance that someone will cry hard and loud enough about their supposed reformed value may get them out.
Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke said: ‘It goes without saying that the Government will be fighting the case vigorously and defending the principle of the whole life tariff.
‘There will always be a small number of prisoners whose crimes are so appalling that judges rule that they should never become eligible for parole.
‘Their decisions should be upheld.’
All convicted murderers are given life sentences but in most cases judges set a minimum term – of up to 30 years.
After this, the parole board rules on whether or not they are safe to be released.
But courts hand out a ‘whole life’ term if the crime is seen as ‘exceptionally serious’.
They are given to repeat killers who plan their crimes or have a sadistic or sexual motive.
Child killers who abduct their victims or abuse them may also receive a whole life sentence.
The case will come before the Strasbourg court within months.
Parole boards have routinely allowed violent offenders to return to general society. In the USA Arthur Shawcross was paroled after 14 1/2 years (on a 25 yr sentence) even though he raped, tortured and murdered two children. The parole board overlooked a report that said he was a danger instead relying on another report that praised his good behavior while in prison. It is usually easier for serial criminals to ‘behave’ in prison due to the tight schedules and the fact that they know parole is dependent on their behavior. They out smart the parole system all too often.
Let’s take a look at these three upstanding citizens that feel their rights have been violated.
Jeremy Bamber slaughtered five members of his family in 1985. He shot his adoptive parents, June and Nevill, his sister Sheila Caffell and her six-year-old twins Daniel and Nicholas at their house in Essex.
Welsh serial killer Peter Moore was jailed for life in 1996 for murdering Henry Roberts, 56, Edward Carthy, 28, Keith Randles, 49 and Anthony Davies, 40.
The men were repeatedly stabbed and left half-naked.
Bodybuilder Douglas Vinter was released from prison after nine years for killing a work colleague, Carl Edon, 22, in 1995.
On his release, he stabbed his wife Anne White four times and strangled her.
So, we have a family annihilator who did not even have a problem killing little kids, a serial killer and double murderer whose second killing was committed right after his release on the first murder charge.
Last night Mr Edon’s mother, Valerie, 65, said: ‘Don’t we have any human rights, what about the victims? He’s a monster. He will definitely kill again if he gets out.’
Miss White’s mother, Peggy, 65, added: ‘It’s scandalous what he’s trying to do. There are two families ruined because of what he’s done.’
I think those are the voices that need to be heard. These two mothers need to scream their feelings from the roof tops before some commission decides to give these repeat violent offenders the chance to kill in the general public once again.
Of course, I say reinstate capital punishment, but that is just my opinion.