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Whole Life Orders: Ian Mcloughlin

Statement from the Attorney General as triple killer has sentence increased

Published on 18 February 2014

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by The Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP


London, England

Royal Courts Of Justice
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Judgment has been handed down today in the case of Ian McLoughlin, which was referred to the Court of Appeal by the Attorney General Dominic GrieveQC MP as being potentially unduly lenient.

The Court found that the sentence was unduly lenient, and a whole life order has been substituted.

Reacting to the judgment, the Attorney General, Dominic Grieve QC MP said:

"I am pleased that the Court of Appeal has today confirmed that those who commit the most heinous crimes can be sent to prison for the rest of their lives.

"As someone who has killed three times, Ian McLoughlin committed just such a crime, and following today’s judgment he has received the sentence that crime required.

"I asked the Court of Appeal to look again at McLoughlin’s original sentence because I did not think that the European Court of Human Rights had said anything which prevented our courts from handing down whole life terms in the most serious cases. The Court of Appeal has agreed with me and today’s judgment gives the clarity our judges need when they are considering sentencing cases like this in the future."


For more information about this press release including Background Information and contact details visit https://www.gov.uk/government/news/whole-life-orders-ian-mcloughlin



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Posted 2014-02-18 16:01:00