Following that, the UK Court of Appeal is set to announce its ruling on whether whole-life prison terms for some killers are legal.
What? Does society want these convicted murderers living amongst us at some time in the future?
The Court of Appeal had already set out very clear principles and guidance on how whole-life orders could be imposed.
At the moment, UK uses these rules for sentencing using guidelines according to schedule 21 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003:
· A whole life order for "exceptionally" serious offenses
· 30 years for the murder of a police or prison officer on duty - and murders involving firearms or explosives; for gain; to obstruct or interfere with the course of justice; involving two or more persons; involving sexual or sadistic conduct; or aggravated by race, religion or sexual orientation
· 25 years where the offender took a knife or other weapon to the scene
· 15 years for all other offenses
I don't want cereal rapists, pedophiles, cannibals and murderers out on the streets to continue their amoral rampage. People should know that if they commit crimes against the social order, tax-paying citizens will not support them indefinitely. Surely, they give up their human rights when they first embark on heinous crimes.