R v Hardy [2010] EWHC 1064 (QB)

A whole life order is the normal starting point for the murder of two or more persons where each murder involves sexual or sadistic conduct. That was such a case, of the utmost gravity, in which exceptionally Hardy's early acceptance of responsibility for his victims' death, his personality disorder at the time, his eventual pleas of guilty and such remorse as he expressed through his counsel carry little weight. A lengthy finite term would not suffice and a whole life order was made.

See also

Criminal Justice Act 2003 schedule 21 (determination of minimum term in relation to mandatory life sentence)

External link


Independent review into the care and treatment of Mr Anthony Hardy - September 2005