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Decision means ‘life means life’ for Burton killer

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 18, 2014

Undated picture released by Scotland Yard Wednesday January 1, 2003, of Anthony John Hardy, 50, who police wish to question in connection with two bodies found in dismembered in black bin bags in Camden, north London, earlier this week. Detective are stil

Undated picture released by Scotland Yard Wednesday January 1, 2003, of Anthony John Hardy, 50, who police wish to question in connection with two bodies found in dismembered in black bin bags in Camden, north London, earlier this week. Detective are stil

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A BURTON-born killer who judges said ‘should never be released from prison’ looks set to stay behind bars after it was ruled that his sentence was legal and should continue.

Anthony Hardy, dubbed the ‘Camden Ripper’, is one of 49 of Britain’s most evil criminals who were told last year that it was against their human rights to be locked up for life without a review of their sentences.

The 61-year-old was jailed in 2003 after he lured prostitutes to his flat before strangling them and carving up their corpses with a hacksaw.

In July, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that whole-life sentences were unlawful because there was no prospect of review. .

However, the Court of Appeal has found that the UK system of whole-life sentences does allow for a review and judges should be confident to continue using them for the most serious crimes.

Hardy was born in Eldon Street, Winshill, and grew up in nearby Stanhope Street, attending Hawfield Lane Infants School, Joseph Clarke Junior School and then the Burton Grammar School, where he was described as ‘quiet and shy’.

He eventually moved to London where he killed three women, butchering two of them in his Camden flat, before filling bin bags with their remains.

Hardy then took pornographic photographs of their corpses and dismembered them with a hacksaw, after covering at least one victim’s head with a red devil mask.

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