It was lawful for a secretary of state to impose or uphold a "whole-life" tariff on someone sentenced to life imprisonment for murder. There was no reason, in principle why a crime or crimes, if sufficiently heinous, should not be regarded as deserving life-long incarceration for the purposes of pure punishment.

HL (Lord Browne-Wilkinson, Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead, Lord Steyn, Lord Hutton, Lord Hobhouse of Woodborough)


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