Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe moved back to prison after three decades in Broadmoor

Yorkshire Ripper moved back into prison after three decades in Broadmoor

Peter Sutcliffe pictured on his wedding day in 1974

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe has been moved out of Broadmoor psychiatric hospital and back into jail. 

The 70-year-old, who now calls himself Peter Coonan, has spent 32 years inside the high-security institution in Berkshire after murdering 13 women and attempting to kill seven more between 1976 and 1981. Most of his victims were prostitutes, who were mutilated and beaten to death.

He was given 20 life terms for the murders after being caught when police found a fake licence plate and weapons including a screwdriver and hammer in the boot of his car.

Plans for his transfer emerged earlier in August, and The Sun reported he had been moved on Wednesday.

After spending three years in Parkhurst prison on the Isle of Wight following his sentencing in 1981, Sutcliffe was moved to Broadmoor and diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia in 1984. He will continue to have his mental health assessed in prison and could be returned to a psychiatric hospital if there is a change in his condition.

The move is estimated to save the taxpayer hundreds of thousands of pounds. Figures show that it costs around £325,000 per year to keep a patient in Broadmoor, compared with around £45,000 per year in a category A prison.

Dr Ruth Tully, a consultant forensic psychologist at the University of Nottingham, insisted cost would not have been a factor in the ruling that the serial killer is sane enough to be transferred.