Court of Appeal upholds whole life sentences, Louis Mably instructed
Louis Mably was instructed in a number of appeals which challenged the legality of whole life sentences. The Court of Appeal have ruled that “life means life”, and have upheld the whole life sentences of those who appealed. The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas, who headed the panel of five appeal judges, ruled that whole life tariffs are “entirely compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights”. This is an important ruling which affects a number of sentence hearings, most recently Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, who were convicted of murdering Fusilier Lee Rigby. 54 prisoners are now serving whole life tariffs.