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Flintshire murderer Peter Moore will die in prison, European Court rules

A FORMER Flintshire cinema owner jailed for murdering four men in 1995 has been told he will never be released from prison.

Gay serial killer Peter Moore, who ran the Focus Cinema in Bagillt, took his fight for freedom to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg in the hope his life sentence would be reduced.

He was convicted of murder in 1996 after killing four men for his own sexual gratification and given a whole-life sentence – handed out to offenders whose crimes are so serious they can never be released.

Moore and fellow convicted murderers Jeremy Bamber and Douglas Vinter claimed condemning them to die in prison amounted to ‘inhuman or degrading treatment’, and argued all sentences should be regularly reviewed.

If the European Court had ruled in favour of the killers it would have meant they had a chance of being released along with the 38 other inmates serving whole-life sentences in prisons in England and Wales – including Moors Murderer Ian Brady and House of Horrors killer Rose West.

Moore – dubbed ‘the man in black’ because of the dark clothing he wore to carry out his killings – failed in a court challenge to his ‘life means life’ sentence.

His legal team submitted the application to the ECHR in December 2009.

The Ministry of Justice said the Government welcomed the court’s decision, which was announced on Tuesday morning.

A spokesman added: “We argued vigorously that there are certain prisoners whose crimes are so appalling that they should never become eligible for parole.

“We are pleased that the European Court has upheld the whole-life tariff as a legitimate sentence in British courts.”