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Yorkshire Ripper should go back to prison - psychiatrists

Published 30/11/2015

Justice Secretary Michael Gove, pictured, will make a decision on whether Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe will be returned to prison from Broadmoor psychiatric hospital
Justice Secretary Michael Gove, pictured, will make a decision on whether Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe will be returned to prison from Broadmoor psychiatric hospital

Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe is no longer mentally ill and should be returned to prison, psychiatrists have said.

Doctors have recommended that Sutcliffe, 69, is taken out of Broadmoor Hospital, the high-security psychiatric unit, and moved into a specialist prison.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) said the final decision on whether Sutcliffe will be moved would be made by Justice Secretary Michael Gove.

An MoJ spokesman said: "Decisions over whether prisoners are to be sent back to prison from secure hospitals are based on clinical assessments made by independent medical staff.

"The High Court ordered in 2009 that Sutcliffe should never be released. This was then upheld by the Court of Appeal.

"Our thoughts are with Sutcliffe's victims and their families."

Richard McCann, the son of Wilma McCann, Sutcliffe's first victim, told the Mirror: "If that is what the MoJ decide I am fine with that.

"I can understand why some people want to see him in prison. None of this will bring my mum back and where he is locked up does not really change anything."

Sutcliffe, who was given 20 life sentences for the murder of 13 women, was moved to Broadmoor from Parkhurst jail in 1984 after he was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.

Broadmoor has previously been rated inadequate by a watchdog, with concerns raised about patients being physically restrained too often.

Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission said they did not see convincing evidence that seclusion and restraint were only being used in cases when it was deemed absolutely necessary.

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