Few men have less appeal than Danilo Restivo, but this week he was partially successful in a legal one that saw his whole life tariff reduced to forty years. His case was reported here last month
along with that of self-styled Psycho Stapleton who murdered Anuj Bidve
. The Court of Appeal appears to have taken its time in coming to this somewhat strange conclusion, but in practice, Restivo will almost certainly die behind bars. The big question hanging over Restivo though is not should he ever be released but should he be tried for a third murder, one for which another man is serving a life sentence?
Omar Benguit was tried no less than three times for the murder of Korean student Oki Shin
; the modus operandi
of her killer and that of Restivo is apparent to everyone but the British police and their chums in the CPS, who applying the theory of blanket dismissal
have simply ignored and probably refused to meaningfully investigate anything that will lead them to a conclusion they don't want.
For crime buffs, parents and most people over a certain age, the name Roy Whiting will need no introducing. Twelve years ago he kidnapped and murder Sarah Payne, an angelic looking eight year old. As a convicted sex offender, Whiting was on the list of usual suspects, and following some impressive detective work he was quickly brought to book. Whiting stood trial at Lewes Crown Court in November and December of 2001; he was convicted and given the mandatory life sentence. The case against Whiting looked strong but not overwhelmingly so, however, he did not appeal, and three years later he admitted casually to the murder. This came about when Whiting testified against Rickie Tregaskis. Tregaskis was serving a life sentence
in Wakefield Prison for kicking a man to death. He seemed to think that gave him the right to slash Whiting's face. The court disagreed, and he was convicted.
Last year, double murderer Gary Vinter decided he too should hand out summary justice to Whiting in addition to the child killer's life sentence. Vinter murdered a workmate in 1996, and his estranged wife 12 years later. In July last year he appears to have attempted to blind Whiting, and also subjected him to a vicious attack in his cell. Unlike Tregaskis, Vinter pleaded guilty
, and duly saw his sentence extended.