Serial killer requests pension despite being jailed for killing 13 women
A British serial killer serving a life sentence has launched a legal battle with the government to get a state pension.
Peter Sutcliffe plans to go to the European Court of Human Rights after being refused his request by the High Court in November, 2011 arguing that he has the right to the benefit because he paid taxes when he worked as a truck driver, the Daily Mail reported on March 11.
If he is successful, the 65-year-old could pocket 137.35 pounds (240,000 won) a week.
The demand has made victims’ families and the public furious.
“It is almost beyond belief that Sutcliffe thinks he should be entitled to a state pension,” said Tory MP Peter Bone. “Why don't we deduct from the pension the thousands of pounds spent on him during his stay in a psychiatric hospital for the last 30 years?”
"Convicted and sentenced prisoners are not entitled to social security benefits, a position which the courts have repeatedly upheld,” a spokesperson of the Department for Work and Pensions said.
In 1981, Sutcliffe was arrested on charges of murdering 13 women and attempting to kill seven others. He was dubbed “The Yorkshire Ripper” as he mutilated victims' bodies with weapons such as hammer, stone or knife.
He has been detained at Broadmoor, a high security psychiatric hospital in Berkshire since 1984 when he was transferred from prison suffering from paranoid schizophrenia. In July, 2010, a high court judge ruled that he should never be freed.
The writer is a Korea Times intern.