'Yorkshire Ripper' must die behind bars: British court
One of Britain's most notorious serial killers, 'Yorkshire Ripper' Peter Sutcliffe, must spend the rest of his life behind bars, the High Court ruled on Friday.
Sutcliffe was convicted in 1981 of murdering 13 women and attempting to murder seven others in Yorkshire and in Manchester, northern England.
He received 20 life sentences and is detained at Broadmoor high-security psychiatric hospital in southeast England.
The 64-year-old, now known as Peter Coonan, applied to have a minimum term set to give him the chance of parole, but his bid was rejected.
Judge John Mitting ruled that "early release provisions" were "not to apply".
The judge said he had based his decision on statements by relatives of six murdered victims.
"They are each moving accounts of the great loss and widespread and permanent harm to the living caused by six of his crimes," he said.
"I have no doubt that they are representative of the unspoken accounts of others who have not made statements.
"None of them suggest any term other than a whole life term would be regarded by them as appropriate."
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