Rapist wins HR claim

| 24/06/2009

(The Independent): A convicted rapist has won a High Court test case ruling that his human rights were breached by the long delay in the Parole Board reviewing the lawfulness of his continued detention. Mr Justice Collins ruled that Betteridge’s right to a speedy hearing under Article 5(4) of the European Convention on Human Rights had been breached. But he was not entitled to damages because the evidence showed he was not fit for release in any event. He said other prisoners in similar circumstances to Betteridge were also unlikely to receive any damages, and their applications would only add to legal costs and create "a thoroughly unsatisfactory state of affairs".

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