Why has Peter Sutcliffe been in Broadmoor for so long?
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By Helen Thomson SERIAL killer Peter Sutcliffe should be transferred from hospital to jail, according to the UK’s national offender management service. This Ministry of Justice agency told MPs they have advice from doctors that Sutcliffe may be moved to a specialist prison unit. Why has it taken 31 years and millions of pounds to come to this decision? Known as the “Yorkshire Ripper”, Sutcliffe was sentenced to multiple life terms in 1981 for the murder of 13 women. Three years later, he was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and sent to Broadmoor High Security Psychiatric Hospital, near Bracknell, UK. Patients in Broadmoor are often moved to a lower-security hospital or prison within five years. Most people with paranoid schizophrenia have full or partial remission after a year of treatment, says Tony Maden, former head of the Dangerous Severe Personality Disorder unit at Broadmoor. However, people who don’t respond to treatment can stay in Broadmoor for longer. Maden questions why Sutcliffe has stayed at Broadmoor for so long, which costs more than £300,000 per patient per year. “My concern is that what’s led to Sutcliffe being kept there for so long is notoriety,” says Maden. “It’s difficult to look at this as a good use of resources for the NHS.” The final decision over any move will be made by the justice minister, Michael Gove. Image credit: John Rogers/CameraPress More on these topics: