[2008] EWCA Crim 1601

A whole life term should not be considered as a sentence that was irreducible. Any European Convention on Human Rights 1950 art.3 challenge where a whole life term had been imposed should therefore be made, not at the time of the imposition of the sentence, but at the stage when the prisoner contended that, having regard to all the material circumstances, any further detention would constitute degrading or inhuman treatment.

CA (Crim Div) (Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers LCJ, Pitchford J, Dobbs J)


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